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“Your Exceptional Leadership in West Africa Appreciated by the United States” – US Ambassador to Prez. Akufo Addo

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  US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield praised Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for his exemplary contribution to peace and security in the West African region as well as for the role of Ghana at the UN Security Council In a meeting with President Akufo Addo at Jubilee House on Saturday August 6 2022 the United States Ambassador to the United Nations expressed the gratitude of the United States of America to President Akufo Addo for his excellent efforts in peace building I have come to express our gratitude to Ghana for its leadership here in the Region but also for its leadership in the Security Council and the close collaboration we have been able to forge with its permanent representative on the peace and security challenges we face face every day in the Security Council He also praised Ghana s strong relationship with the United States over the years stating that Ghana has been a staunch and steadfast partner for the United States and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with you She also expressed US support for President Akufo Addo in addressing security related issues in West Africa as ECOWAS president We also want to express our strong support for your efforts to deal with the situation here in the region as President of ECOWAS the very difficult decisions at times that you have had to make to deal with situations in the region in particular how it relates to Mali On the Russian invasion of Ukraine Linda Thomas Greenfield had this to say Mr President about Ukraine as you know and have heard the President as well as the Secretary of State and I are deeply concerned about the growing crisis caused by the war in Ukraine We believe that it is a war of choice that President Putin made his disproportionate actions in terms of attacks on civilian infrastructure and this war has had a very significant impact on the African continent including Ghana she said food crisis on the continent in general and in Ghana in particular the US envoy said that I had the opportunity to speak with farmers in Tamale today and hear from them about some of the challenges they face in the agricultural sector They can t access fertilizer and of course the high price of gasoline has had a big impact on them and they are planting around 40 of what they used to We have responded to this crisis across the African continent We have had to continue to work with you to address the growing challenge of food insecurity She also dismissed the Russian driven narrative that the food crisis around the world is the result of sanctions the United States has imposed on the European giant I would like to point out Mr President that the narrative that the Russians have used to deal with the situation and suggests that the sanctions that the United States has on Russia are the cause of the food insecurity crisis and that could be far from the truth We have no sanctions on Russian agricultural products no sanctions on fertilizers and no sanctions on their wheat and we have indicated that we are prepared to work with them and support the Secretary General s efforts to find a way to get Ukrainian wheat and Ukrainian fertilizer and Russia fertilizer for the market initiative that is led by the Secretary General She also expressed concern about the security situations in Mali and the refusal of the country s authorities not to adhere to initiatives aimed at bringing lasting peace to the country Linda Thomas Greenfield said the United States appreciates any advice that President Akufo Addo can give them to deal decisively with the crisis in Mali
“Your Exceptional Leadership in West Africa Appreciated by the United States” – US Ambassador to Prez. Akufo Addo

1 US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield praised Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his exemplary contribution to peace and security in the West African region, as well as for the role of Ghana at the UN.

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2 Security Council.

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3 In a meeting with President Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House on Saturday, August 6, 2022, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations expressed the gratitude of the United States of America to President Akufo-Addo for his excellent efforts in peace building.

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4 “I have come to express our gratitude to Ghana for its leadership here in the Region, but also for its leadership in the Security Council and the close collaboration we have been able to forge with its permanent representative on the peace and security challenges we face.

5 face every day in the Security Council.”

6 He also praised Ghana’s strong relationship with the United States over the years, stating that “Ghana has been a staunch and steadfast partner for the United States, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with you.

7 .” She also expressed US support for President Akufo-Addo in addressing security-related issues in West Africa as ECOWAS president.

8 “We also want to express our strong support for your efforts to deal with the situation here in the region as President of ECOWAS, the very difficult decisions, at times, that you have had to make to deal with situations in the region, in particular how it relates to Mali” On the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Linda Thomas-Greenfield had this to say.

9 “Mr. President, about Ukraine, as you know and have heard, the President, as well as the Secretary of State and I are deeply concerned about the growing crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.

10 We believe that it is a war of choice that (President) Putin made, his disproportionate actions in terms of attacks on civilian infrastructure and this war has had a very significant impact on the African continent, including Ghana,” she said.

11 food crisis on the continent in general and in Ghana in particular, the US envoy said that “I had the opportunity to speak with farmers in Tamale today and hear from them about some of the challenges they face in the agricultural sector.

12 They can’t access fertilizer and of course the high price of gasoline has had a big impact on them, and they are planting around 40% of what they used to.

13 We have responded to this crisis across the African continent.

14 We have had to continue to work with you to address the growing challenge of food insecurity.” She also dismissed the Russian-driven narrative that the food crisis around the world is the result of sanctions the United States has imposed on the European giant.

15 “I would like to point out, Mr. President, that the narrative that the Russians have used to deal with the situation and suggests that the sanctions that the United States has on Russia are the cause of the food insecurity crisis and that could be far from the truth.

16 We have no sanctions on Russian agricultural products, no sanctions on fertilizers, and no sanctions on their wheat, and we have indicated that we are prepared to work with them and support the Secretary-General’s efforts to find a way to get Ukrainian wheat and Ukrainian fertilizer.

17 and Russia fertilizer for the market initiative, that is led by the Secretary General”.

18 She also expressed concern about the security situations in Mali and the refusal of the country’s authorities not to adhere to initiatives aimed at bringing lasting peace to the country.

19 Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the United States appreciates any advice that President Akufo-Addo can give them to deal decisively with the crisis in Mali.

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