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Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statements following his meeting with Minister for International Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (Accra, 12. 01. 2023)

But , what we care really dearly about is for investment which will create a new truth for Africa. We realize that Africa is the fastest expanding economy, the fastest increasing population in the world. So , it requires investment to go forward. And, I am always advocating during the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU that the Mediterranean and the Atlantic is not a border. It’s a bridge. We are connected. So , we have to purchase Africa. Africa will be very important for the world. A friend of mine says Africa is the hope of the world. Many thanks also for your kind assistance to our effort to be selected as a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council in 2025-26. The vote takes place in 2024, but having an early commitment by a nation as important as Ghana, member of the African Union, member of the ECOWAS, is of huge importance for us. It is my second visit to Ghana and I have to say I feel quite at home. I had the great satisfaction, just before coming to the Ministry, to visit the Saint Nicholas School, which is funded by Greek charities and Ancient greek companies which are also active in Ghana. And I produced a promise to me personally and to my family that I will be coming to Ghana once each year. So , if you will be kind enough to allow me to achieve that, I will be extremely happy. But also, It is the third meeting. I think we have met once in New York and twice here. I have to remind you, if you will allow me, publicly that I are expecting you in Athens the soonest. And the weather is always good enough. It is not since nice as it is here this era of the year, but yet again, it is very nice. Also, I have to say that we, Greece but also the EUROPEAN UNION, see Ghana as a natural partner. You are a nation that has a solid commitment to democracy, respect for individual rights and the promotion associated with peace. We are very happy you are a member of the UN Safety Council (2022 – 2023). I know that your plate is full. Especially after the Russian intrusion of Ukraine, it should have been a horrible year for the members of the UN Protection Council. But yet again, A holiday in greece is quite happy that Ghana is a member which upholds the principles of International Law. Again, thank you so much for your kind hospitality and for permitting time from your busy plan to see me during my short visit here. We are very happy, also, that Ghana has a firm commitment in order to International Law of the Sea. You are a signatory to UNCLOS, a very early a single by the way, you signed immediately in 1983, and we are looking forward to understanding your point of view on how UNCLOS is going forward. Again, last but not least, I would like to highlight the presence of Greek business within Ghana. One of the very important Ancient greek companies, Mytilinaios, is already here doing business. And two or three other people. But , we would like to promote Ancient greek business and Greek investments in Ghana. We are looking towards organising a forum for this. Ι think that this is also important for us. We are very much interested in working with additionally you for security in the Gulf of mexico of Guinea. Greece has the biggest maritime fleet on earth. Let me give you an example. Half the grain being exported by Ukraine is carried by Greek-owned ships. So , for us security around the sea lanes of the world as well as the oceans of the world is of paramount importance. So , you want to work with you. And this, all of us discussed it a little between us when we were in your office, but I would like in order to repeat this with our teams and work together. Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statements following his meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (Accra, 12.01.2023) Your Excellency, Dear Shirley, Also, I would like to tell you that we are organising together with the United States, along with former Secretary of State Kerry, the 9th The Ocean Conference in 2024, we would be very happy when Ghana participated in an active way. Also, I am delighted that we have already signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations last time. I am looking forward to signing three more Memoranda when the services of the two countries are ready to accomplish that. I have been told that we are in the late stages of organising it. Your Lawyer General has to offer his opinion.

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