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President returns fruitful from Equatorial Guinea visit

Accra, Aug. 23, GNA –
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo returned to Ghana on Wednesday after a
three-day official visit to Equatorial Guinea.

The visit helped to
shore up relations between the two countries and secured a Liquefied Natural
Gas (LNG) supply agreement to boost and guarantee energy supply and security in
Ghana.

The President, during
the visit, which was at the behest of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo,
signed a government-to-government agreement for the supply of 150 million to
200 million standard cubic feet of LNG per day, as part of measures being taken
to address the instability in the energy sector.

The agreement is
expected to commence later this year.

During the visit,
President Akufo-Addo held series of meetings with President Mbasogo, where
issues bordering on bilateral, regional and international cooperation were
examined, with both leaders affirming to strengthen the ties of cooperation for
the mutual benefit of their people.

President Mbasogo
congratulated President Akufo-Addo on his decisive victory in Election 2016,
whilst President Akufo-Addo congratulated his counterpart for the tremendous
developments that had taken place in his country.

Both leaders were
content at the level of cooperation between the two countries, and mandated
their respective ministers of Foreign Affairs to reactivate the Permanent Joint
Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana, which serves
as the framework to promote cooperation in the areas of oil and gas, energy,
agriculture, food security, mineral resources, maritime transport, civil
aviation, trade, defense and security, education and health among others.

On maritime transport,
Ghana proposed the establishment of a shipping link between the two countries
using “Tema-Port Harcourt-Douala-Malabo” route, which will also boost trade and
commercial activities between the West and Central Africa.

Following further
discussions and deliberations, both countries agreed and subsequently signed
two agreements namely: The waiver of visa requirements for citizens of both
countries holding Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports; and Heads of
Agreement on the Supply of LNG and the support regarding import infrastructure.

President Akufo-Addo
and President Mbasogo also expressed their support to global and African
initiatives for the prevention and peaceful settlement of conflicts, respect
for the Charters of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU),
independence and sovereignty of states, as well as non-interference in the
internal affairs of other countries.

Both Heads of State
also raised concerns about the resurgence of tension on the African Continent,
and agreed on the urgent need to combat the growing threats of terrorism.

They condemned recent
terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Spain and Iceland, and regretted the loss of
human lives in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other parts
of the world.

The leaders also
stated their desire to achieve regional integration through the AU Agenda to
achieve a Continental Free Trade Area, which is aimed at boosting intra-African
trade.

President Akufo-Addo
congratulated President Mbasogo on the election of Equatorial Guinea as a
Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for 2018-2019.

Touching on UN
reforms, the two leaders agreed that African countries should support the
Ezulwuni Consensus, and expand the representation of African countries into the
categories of Permanent and Non-Permanent Members of the Un Security Council,
with the purpose of making it more efficient, legitimate and representative to
reflect the realities of the world.

President Akufo-Addo
visited infrastructure and energy development projects in the city of Malabo as
part of the visit.

GNA

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