The vice-president and
Remarks by Vice-President Harris and
Vice-President’s Ceremonies Office,
VICE-PRESIDENT HARRIS: Well, I have the honor to welcome you, Mr. President, to the White House. And I look forward to our conversation today, which is a reaffirmation of the strength of the relationship between
And, of course, we have deep and historical ties. Our official bilateral relationship began in 1957, but of course there are longer and older ties that connect the peoples of our nations.
Over the years, many Americans have traveled
We – these two nations – share a commitment to democracy. Last December, the inhabitants of
We share the view that everyone must have a voice in their future, that our democracies are stronger when everyone participates and weaker when everyone is left behind.
We also share a commitment to global health. None of us have been immune to the ravages of the pandemic. We recognize our shared responsibility to collaborate, to share resources not only to continue to fight the effects of COVID-19, but to prepare for the next pandemics.
And this way,
Finally, we are working together to expand our economic relations. You and I spoke about this briefly before we arrived. American companies continue to gain momentum
And they also do it because they trust the government of
And so, with all of this, we look forward to continuing to work together on all of these issues, including in the context of the
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO: So,
Your country is one of the most important friends of
Our commitments are roughly the same as yours. We want to develop our nation as a democracy, as a country where freedom and respect for human rights and the rule of law are essential for our system of governance.
Our great challenge – and it is a challenge of all those who want to develop democratic institutions on our continent – is to assure and reassure our peoples that democratic institutions can be a vehicle for the resolution of their great problem – that is, that is, economic development as a means of eradicating poverty on the continent.
So that’s the investment we made, and it’s an investment that you have been very supportive of. And we continue to appreciate your support.
We’ve had tough times in the country recently because of COVID, like everyone else. Fortunately, its impact on us was not as initially expected; he was sweeter than he was. One part is the work the government has done, and the others are the general environment in which the disease operates on the continent.
We are grateful for the support that
VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Yes.
PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO: Our goal is to try to vaccinate at least 20 million people by the end of this year. Ghana’s population is around 30 million people. And I think if we can achieve that, then we will be more confident to beat the virus, in the context of
The other main concern for us is the cooperation that we must put in place to defeat the jihadist insurgency in the Sahel. It is a major security concern. And the G5 Sahel,
And it’s important that we start off on the right foot – right inside. We are not seeking military assistance in the form of US troops or otherwise. I know you just had a bad example for yourself of what American troops can do in certain areas. We are not looking for that.
We are seeking support for our armed forces and for the intelligence agencies in our region, so that they are in a strong position. Many of those leading the jihadist insurgency in
So I think there is some information here that can help us find and deal with these people.
So these are the main concerns that brought me here to
I wish, through you, to extend my warm greetings to the President and to indicate to him that
So thank you very much, once again, for the invitation. I hope this won’t be the first or last time during this, my second – the last term that I have the opportunity to come here in
VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Well, we are honored to have you and greet you. Welcome, Mr. Chairman. Welcome.
CHAIR AKUFO-ADDO: Thank you very much indeed.
VICE-PRESIDENT HARRIS: Welcome.
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