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WE’RE UNHAPPY ABOUT YOUR TREATMENT - President tells Qatar Ambassador

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed deep concerns about the treatment meted out to Ghanaians in Qatar, and accordingly called on the authorities in that country to address the issue.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed deep concerns about the treatment meted out to Ghanaians in Qatar, and accordingly called on the authorities in that country to address the issue.

 The President expressed this concern yesterday when the Qatar Ambassador to Ghana, Mohamed Ahmed Jaber Al-Kuwari, and three others took turns to present their credentials to him at the Presidency.

    The other three are Markus Nikolaus Paul Dutly, Switzerland; Martine-Francoise Dossa, Benin; and Werner Senfter of Austria.

    President Nana Akufo-Addo told the new Qatar Ambassador that the Ghanaian government was worried about the constant allegations of abuse meted out to Ghanaians who work in Qatar and asked the Ambassador to relay the issue to his head anytime he would get the opportunity.

    “It is a matter of considerable concern to us,” the President said and asked that the two countries, as a result of the good relationships between them, to come to an understanding on the issue.

    The Ambassador, for his part, said the concerns of the Ghanaian government would be relayed to the Qatar government, and pledged to strengthen the relationships between the two countries.

    “Our two countries have strong relations and I believe in your determination to move forward to strengthen this bilateral cooperation for the benefit of our two people,” he said.

    Receiving the Ambassador of Switzerland, the President mentioned that the two countries have long standing relations which dated back two centuries.

    He noted that swift intervention of the Swiss government during the Ebola crisis in the West African sub region confirmed how the relationship between Ghana and Switzerland had been enhanced.

    President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that even though there was a substantial trade between the two countries in terms of gold and cocoa exports to Switzerland, “the time has come for us to look for that opportunity to diversify that trade.”

    Whilst reminding the Ambassador of his government’s intention to enhance the quality of the country’s agriculture through the launch of an ambitious programme, he said Ghana was keen on showcasing the programme and the plans of the government to potential Swiss investors.

    The President added that one of the most important tools available to the government was to raise the living standards of the people is to create a business friendly environment for investors.

    Werner Senfter, the Austrian Ambassador, assured the President of his firm intention to further strengthen the friendly ties between Ghana and Austria.

    He disclosed the Austrian government’s intention to reopen an honorary Consulate in Accra as well as “our wish for an early approval of the many soft-loan projects currently in the pipeline and worth € 40 million.”

    “I am very much looking forward to a fruitful and successful cooperation with Ghana in many ways in the coming years,” he said.

    Earlier, the Ambassador of Benin to Ghana, Martine-Francoise Dossa, also presented her credentials to the President and called for closer bilateral relations between the two countries.