President Nana Addo Damkwa Akufo-Addo has assured Prince Charles Wales of the readiness of his country to make his visit a memorable one and as well demonstrates the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with the West African country.
Mr Akufo-Addo received the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Jubilee House on Friday, 2 November 2018.
The Royal couple are in Ghana for a five-day state visit.
In a pre-recorded video released ahead of the visit, Prince Charles stated that himself and his wife look forward to “meeting as many people as possible during our forthcoming visit and bearing in mind the very special memories I have from 40 years ago to re-experiencing the irresistible attractions of highlife and afro-beat.”
According to a statement released by the British High Commission to Ghana, the British Royals will be joined by members of the British-Ghanaian Diaspora, members of the UK community in Ghana, and Ghanaians – from all walks of life – who share a close connection with the UK.
“It’s a big honour for us to receive you in Ghana”, Mr Akufo-Addo told the royal couple on their arrival adding: “Your coming here shows that you attach a great deal of importance to your relations with Ghana”.
“So, we are very happy to have you here. I am sure these five days that you are going to be here will be a memorable time for both of you”, Mr Akufo-Addo noted.
The Ghanaian president added: “We know the relations between our two countries go back centuries. Some of them were happy, some of them not so happy. But we are in the happier period now. So many of our values are influenced by British traditions and institutional arrangements and a lot of the people who are living in your place are doing well; they are well treated. It’s a relationship that we value”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla’s visit to Accra, comes on the back of their visit to The Gambia. From Ghana, Prince Charles and the Duchess are billed to head for Nigeria for a similar visit.
The last time the Prince of Wales visited Ghana was in 1977.