June 21, 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botwe has said government is yet to take a decision on whether to open a Ghanaian Mission in the state of Palestine.

According to the Minister the Ministry is currently undertaking a rationalization exercise of all Ghana Missions abroad including evaluation of the rationalization exercise.

She however, pointed out that countries where there are no resident Missions, neighboring countries are concurrently accredited to those countries and mandated to strengthen and deepen relations with them.

“Mr. Speaker, our Mission in Cairo Egypt is concurrently accredited to the State of Palestine and actively oversees Ghana’s relations with that State.”

This came to light when the Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak wanted if there are plans to get an embassy in the state of Palestine.

Ghana has had diplomatic relations with the State of Palestine since 1986 and would continue to consolidate its bilateral cooperation with the State of Palestine for the mutual benefits of the two countries, she said.

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ghana believes in the two-state solutions which envisages, inter alia and independent State of Palestine living alongside the state of Israel in peace.

Again, Ghana would continue to support all efforts by the international community to bring a lasting solutions to the conflict and ensure a durable peace in the region, the Minister said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com