Russian-Ghanaian Inter-MFA Consultations in Moscow
On June 2, inter-MFA consultations involving Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Saltanov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ghana Akwasi Osei-Adjei took place in Moscow.
The sides had a thorough exchange of views on a number of major international problems and on countering global challenges and threats. Special attention was paid to such urgent themes as strengthening the role of the United Nations, creating a new system of global security and cooperation, and fighting international terrorism. On most of them, the similarity of Russia's and Ghana's positions was confirmed.
The sides reviewed the situation in Africa, issues in eradicating poverty and ensuring the sustainable development of the region's countries and discussed a broad range of questions related to the search of ways to prevent and resolve crises and conflicts, including those in the West Africa subregion. The United Nations' peacekeeping efforts on the continent were given a high assessment, and in this regard, the increasing role of the Africa Union and subregional associations, in particular the Economic Community of West African States was noted.
The principled line of Russia on assisting comprehensively the achievement of stability on the African continent and supporting the New Partnership for Africa's Development program, along with the intention to work jointly with the G8 member countries and international organizations to devise mechanisms for its implementation, was stressed.
Much attention was devoted to examining the state of, and prospects for Russian-Ghanaian relations and there was confirmed the disposition to advance further cooperation between Russia and Ghana and use more actively the available possibilities for that. An exchange of views on specific areas of, and mechanisms for the expansion of mutually beneficial ties took place.
June 2, 2005