The President of France, François Hollande, has commended Ghana for her progress in democratic development and steady economic growth, describing those achievements as worth emulating.
He also assured Ghana of France’s continuous support towards enhanced democracy, good governance and economic development, adding that France remained committed to its relationship with Ghana.
President Hollande made these remarks when Ghana’s new Ambassador to France, Mrs Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, presented her letters of credence to him at the Elysée Presidential Palace in Paris, France, last Friday.
Proposing the toast during an interaction after receiving the letter from Mrs Svanikier, who is also Ghana’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, President Hollande touched on measures to enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries and political developments in West Africa.
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According to President Hollande, Ghana’s democratic credentials had earned the country enormous prestige and respect around the world. He, therefore, urged the government, political parties, civil society groups and all stakeholders to continue to work together to protect the nation’s remarkable democratic status.
He also lauded Ghana’s immense contribution towards regional peace and development, as well as health and the fight against Ebola.
President Hollande, particularly commended President John Mahama for his leadership role in the sub-region and pledged France’s renewed support and partnership with Ghana.
In response, Ambassador Svanikier expressed her appreciation for the good relationship that exists between the two countries and pledged to promote economic diplomacy in support of Ghana’s development drive.