President Kenyatta calls for closer ties between Ghana and Kenya

Accra, Mar. 6, GNA – President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has affirmed his country’s commitment to enhance its cordial relations with Ghana.

He also expressed his country’s desire to continue working closely with Ghana to further strengthen the cooperation for their common benefit.

President Kenyatta said this when he delivered a speech as the Special Guest of Honour at the 59th Ghana’s Independence Day celebration held at the Black Star Square.

Other important dignitaries at the colourful parade include President José Mário Vaz of Guinea Bissau, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Parliament and Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Wood.

The rest are the First lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, the Second lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, former President Jerry John Rawlings and former President John Agyekum Kufuor.

The leaders of other political parties present include flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and Dr Henry Dan Lartey, leader of the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP).

President Uhuru Kenyatta also called on President Mahama to join forces with his country to fight the threat of terrorism in the continent.

He said if the continent is to preserve the gains of independence and the values of democracy, there is the need for continuous cooperation and heightening of security.

“It cannot be that terrorist attacks become the norm rather than the exception,” he said.

President Kenyatta said peace and security played the key role in the economic growth and sustainable development of both countries and the continent.

He said the vision of a unified continent must not be lost because of the recent spates of terrorist attacks in the continent.

He said this is a special time when the leadership of all the countries on the continent must come together to champion the fight against extremism.

He said Kenyans are ready to join Ghanaians to put up a good fight to defeat the enemies threatening the way of life of people of the continent.

President Kenyatta commended President Mahama for his leadership in the country and sub-Saharan Africa.

He also lauded the people of Ghana for keeping the peace in the country.

He said this is the time for the country to ‘take stock of what has been achieved and what needs to be done.’

GNA


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