Accra, April 17, GNA – President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday held bilateral talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, covering a wide range of issues bordering on political, economic, cultural and technical cooperation between Ghana and Iran.
A statement signed by Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Information and Media Relations and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Wednesday said the Iranian Government has offered to train undergraduates in Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering and also agree to collaborate in disaster management and narcotics control.
‘Both Presidents agreed that all outstanding matters from the last session of the Ghana/Iran Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation be dispatched before the Commission’s next session.’
It said the two Presidents agreed on the need to enhance consultations aimed at achieving world peace, condemned acts of terrorism anywhere in the world and urged that all differences should be resolved through dialogue.
On the Middle East, the two sides welcomed the need for continuous dialogue to bring lasting peace to the region and on African development they reaffirmed the necessity of maintaining peace and stability.
They pledged their continued support for the AU and ECOWAS.
The statement said the talks ended with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation, Agriculture, Tourism and Youth and Sports.
The two presidents also discuss issues relating to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of which President Ahmadinejad is the current Chair.
Ghana reaffirmed her commitment to the principles and goals of NAM and stressed the relevance of the organisation for south-south cooperation.
President Ahmedenijad visited Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park to pay his respect to the country’s first president.