Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Ghana Ambassador, Meshal Bin Hamdan Alrogi, has discussed with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, measures to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Mr Meshal Alrogi stated the and development cooperation between both countries which was established as far back as 1960 has grown steadily over the years.

The factors that underpinned this growth most importantly has been the yearly religious pilgrimage and scholarships for eligible Ghanaian students to study various disciplines in the Universities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The countries have also in recent years witnessed high profile governmental state visits through delegations led by Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and the Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs, Ahmad Al-Kattan.

Discussing possible areas of development cooperation, Ambassador Meshal identified sectors such as agriculture, oil and gas, tourism and education as very promising sectors the two countries need to step up efforts to ensure mutual growth of both countries. 

Ghana, Saudi Arabia explore ways to deepen bilateral relations

He indicated that so far the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has supported many infrastructural projects in Ghana such as the expansion and rehabilitation of the Bolgatanga Hospital.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) has also made donations of medical equipment as well an annual donation of 50tonnes of the date fruits to the friendly Republic of Ghana just to mention but a few. 

In his concluding remarks, the Ambassador expressed his delight to see more infrastructural progress in Ghana as compared to the first time he was posted as a young diplomat to the Embassy as the first secretary in 1996.

He expressed his appreciation for the hospitality granted him so far since 2019 and was also optimistic that strengthening bilateral relations between Ghana and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia could attract more developmental cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries



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