President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, inspecting a guard of honour
The Iranian Government has agreed to collaborate with Ghana on disaster management and narcotics control.
They also offered to train undergraduates in Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering.
These and other agreements were arrived at when President John Dramani Mahama held bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart, President Ahmadinejad which covered a wide range of issues bordering on political, economic, cultural and technical cooperation between both countries.
According to the Minister for Information & Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga, 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.
Mr. Ayariga further noted that both Presidents agreed on the need to further enhance consultations aimed at achieving world peace.
President Mahama and President Ahmadinejad unanimously condemned any act of terrorism anywhere in the world and urged that differences should be resolved through dialogue.
Touching on the Middle East, both sides welcomed the need for continuous dialogue to bring lasting peace to the region.
Also commenting on African Development, their Excellences reaffirmed the necessity of maintaining peace and stability and pledged their continued support for the AU and ECOWAS in this regard.
The Minister for Information & Media Relations indicated that at the end of bilateral discussions, the following MOUs were signed; Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation, Memorandum of Understanding on Agriculture, Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism and Memorandum of Understanding on Youth and Sports.
The Iranian President who doubles as the current Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement discussed issues relating to the Movement with President Mahama who reaffirmed Ghana’s commitment to the principles and goals of NAM and stressed the relevance of the organization for south-south cooperation.
President Ahmadinejad later visited the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial park to pay His respects to the Founder of Ghana’s independence.
He was accompanied by his wife and other high ranking members of His cabinet as well as leaders of some government and private organizations.
He has since departed the country.
Source: The Presidency