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Russia and Ghana Agreed to Broaden Political Links.

The 10 member parliamentary delegation headed by the Speaker, Mr Peter Ala Adjetey, at the weekend successfully wrapped up its three-day historic visit on the invitation of the Russias State Duma to Moscow.

By Kester von Klomega

The 10 member parliamentary delegation headed by the Speaker, Mr Peter Ala Adjetey, at the weekend successfully wrapped up its three-day historic visit on the invitation of the Russias State Duma to Moscow.

Few hours before the final departure, Mr Adjetey told reporters that the delegation was highly satisfied with all the political and economic discussions throughout the three-day official working visit and hope that the two sides (Russia and Ghana) would vigorously push towards raising the inter-parliamentary ties and bilateral relations especially in the fields of the economy of both countries, but gave no further detailed information whether any agreement were signed.

We sincerely hope that the common economic goals that have emerged as a result of the intensive talks would form basis for strengthening further our friendship and cooperation in the years ahead of us, he said. In the course of all our meetings, I was convinced that the Russian officials both at the State Duma and the Federal Council completely understand the most important issues we have raised with them.

In his assessment, Mr K K Tackie, the Clerk of Parliament also praised the practical work and the achievements of Russian congressmen within the space of ten years of their parliamentarism. Mr Tachie said the trip has significantly offered them the chance to learn the needed first hand practical lessons and have appreciated the accelerating positive changes after the political collapse.

Its important to frequently interact and exchange political ideas and get to know of other peoples different experiences, he said. This helps to broaden the local knowledge and widen the political horizon.

Commenting on the establishment of the inter-parliamentary ties between Russia and Ghana, Professor Evgenia Korendyasov, head of the sector of Russian-African Relations of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, characterized the first historical visit of the Ghanas delegation of congressmen to the State Duma as very progressive step forward but mildly criticized Mr John Kufuors administration of not doing enough with Russia to vividly demonstrate that Ghana, a politically stable country, could be the real gateway for Russian businessmen and investors to the west African subregion.

Whats remains to be done is Russia needs concrete proposals and this has to be pursued in a systematic manner and with seriousness, he said in remarks to an interview. Then, Russia can also decide with certainty what kind of substantial assistance to offer.

But, Ghanas ambassador in Moscow, Major General Francis Mahama, summarized the entire discussions and the involving talks by the Ghanaian delegation with the Russian counterparts as a modest achievement and fruitful and added we would continue making consistent efforts and redirect our energies at building stronger relations with Russia.

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