The United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has commended Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his praiseworthy commitment to the harmony and security in the West African Region, as well as Ghana’s role on the UN Security Council.
In a meeting with President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, on Saturday, August 6 2022, the US Ambassador to the United Nations offered the thanks of the United States of America to President Akufo-Addo for his real endeavors in peace building.
“I have come to express our gratitude to Ghana for your leadership here in the Region, but also for your leadership in the Security Council and the close collaboration that we have been able to forge with your permanent representative in the peace and security challenges that we face every day in the Security Council”
She additionally adulated Ghana’s strong relationship with the United States throughout the long term, expressing that:
“Ghana has been a stalwart and steadfast partner to the United States, and we are very much appreciated the opportunity to work with you.”
She also communicated the help of the US to President Akufo-Addo in handling security related issues in West Africa as Chairman of ECOWAS.
“We also want to express to you our strong support for your efforts in dealing with the situation here in the region as President of ECOWAS, the very tough, sometimes decisions that you have had to make to deal with situations in the region, particularly as it relates to Mali”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield additionally talked about the Russia-Ukraine war.
She further expressed that, the President, as well as the Secretary of State and herself are profoundly worried by the developing emergency brought about by the conflict in Ukraine. They believe a conflict of decision was made by (President) Putin, his lopsided actions in terms of attacks on civilian infrastructure and this war has had a very significant impact on the continent of Africa, including Ghana.
The US ambassador said she had a chance to chat with farmers in Tamale, and heard from them a portion of the challenges they’re looking in the rural area. She said, they can’t get to manure and, obviously, the exorbitant cost of petroleum massively affects them, and they are planting around 40% of what they planted before. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said they have responded to this crisis throughout the continent of Africa, and will continue to work with them to address the rising food insecurity challenge.
She also dismissed the narrative being pushed by Russia that the food crisis across the world is as a result of sanctions the US has placed on the European giant.
“The narrative that the Russians have used in dealing with the situation and suggests that sanctions the US has on Russia is the cause of food insecurity crisis and that could be far from the truth. We have no sanctions on Russian agricultural products, no sanctions on fertilizers, no sanctions on their wheat, and we have indicated that we are prepared to work with them and we support the Secretary General’s efforts to finding a way to get Ukrainian wheat and Ukrainian fertilizer and Russia fertilizer to the market initiative, that’s the Secretary General-led”, she said.