US senators commend Ghana’s democratic credentials

Two visiting United States Senators, have commended Ghana for its democratic credentials and respect for human rights.

Senators Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Chris Coons of Delaware also lauded President John Evans Atta Mills for preserving Ghana’s democracy and his integrity in the fight against corruption.

They made the commendation last Saturday when they called on President Mills at the Castle, Osu.

Present at the meeting were the US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Donald Teteilbaum; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni; the Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr. Cletus Avoka, and the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Alhaji Rashid Pelpuo.

Senator Isakson, who has been a leader in Georgia for the past 30 years, and Senator Coons, who is the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, is in the country to explore ways of deepening relations between Ghana and the US.

Senator Isakson, who led the delegation, said the visit was a result of “the great respect for democracy in Ghana”.

He said democracy called for transparency, accountability and respect for human rights and praised Ghana for respecting those tenets of democracy.

He noted that Ghana and the US enjoyed great a partnership and reiterated the commitment of the US government to deepen the ties.

He said the delegation would visit some areas in the country to assess work done under the first phase of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) projects and, programmes which was about to be completed.

Senator Coons said the US appreciated the work of Ghana in the comity of nations in terms of democracy and economic growth.

He noted that Ghana and the US had enjoyed strong relationship since independence.

President Mills reiterated the government’s commitment to continue to respect the tenets of democracy and support democratic reforms in Africa.

He noted that US President Barack Obama chose to visit Ghana in 2009 because of its positive growth in democracy and indicated that Ghana would maintain that positive feat.

“We have chosen the part of democracy and there is no turning back. We know there are challenges, but with determination, hard work and complying with the tenets of democracy, we can acquit ourselves,” he said.

Receiving the delegation, President Mills said Ghana valued its relationship with the US and indicated that US is Ghana’s biggest benefactor.

He noted that in the early 1960’s when the British teachers left Ghana, it was the members of the US Peace Corps who came to Ghana to teach.

The President thanked the US for giving Ghana the second phase of the MCA and said Ghana had a lot to learn from the USA.

He said the country would continue to cooperate and work with the US to move their relationship to the highest level.

President Mills said God has blessed Ghana with abundant mineral and human resources and mentioned the discovery of oil and gas as another blessing.

Mr. Avoka said Ghana’s democracy was deepening because the country has a viable Parliament and a listening Executive.

Source: Daily Graphic

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