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President of Republic Receives Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Nouakchott,  12/01/2022
On 12 January, His Excellency the President of the Republic, Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, received, at the Presidential Palace in Nouakchott, Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ghana and special envoy of His Excellency Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, President of Ghana, President in Office of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The meeting was an opportunity to review the areas of cooperation between Mauritania and Ghana, on the one hand, and Mauritania and ECOWAS on the other hand, in addition to issues of common interest.

Soon after the meeting, Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway made the following statement to the Mauritanian news agency:

“We have come here to Nouakchott under the direction of the Chair of ECOWAS Authority and the other heads of state of the ECOWAS to meet with His Excellency the President and to brief him on the situation in Mali and the result of the summit of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS that was held just last Sunday and the sanctions that have been imposed on Mali as a result of the Malian Transition Government failure to meet the deadline that was given to them and which they agreed to, to lead the country back to democratic constitutional rule. The Heads of State have instituted sanctions against Mali, and we needed to come here today to brief His Excellency the President so that we can solicit his support to institute these measures that have been taken. The measures are not meant to punish the people of Mali. They are meant to encourage them so that they can move steadily and quickly back to democratic rule. The agreement was for 18 months, which meant that by 27 February, Mali should go through the process of returning the country back to democratic rule. Today, the Transition Government is asking for up to a six-year extension, which is not acceptable to us. We all know that there are issues of security that affect not just Mali, but they affect Mauritania, which is part of the G-5 Sahel. Other countries within ECOWAS are also part of the G-5 Sahel, and we all know that the destabilization due to the security threats that are going on not just within the northern part of the ECOWAS region but also coming down south to countries such as Ghana, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, and Benin. So, we must solicit the support of His Excellency the President of Mauritania and that’s why we are here to brief him on the measures that have been taken by his brothers in ECOWAS. We had a very good meeting with him, and we believe that together, not just ECOWAS, but countries like your country, Mauritania, and even Algeria, we will all help Mali back on track to democratic constitutional rule.”

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and Mauritanians Abroad, Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Ould Mohamed Lamine, the Director of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic, Mr. Mohamed Lemine Ould Aboye Ould Cheikh El Hadrami, Officer in Charge of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic, the ECOWAS Commission Chairman, Mr. Jean-Claude Casey Brou, HE Mr. Napoleon Abdallah, the Ambassador of Ghana accredited to Mauritania, and Mr. Mohamed Noureddine Ismail, the director of African Integration.

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