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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Iranian President arrives in Ghana Tuesday

Iranian President arrives in Ghana Tuesday
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran will arrive at the Kotoka International Airport at 17hours GMT on Tuesday April 16, 2013 at the last leg of a three-nation African tour.

Dr. Ahmadinejad, who is also Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), will be in Ghana for a two-day official visit starting with a meeting with President John Dramani Mahama in the Flagstaff House. The Iranian President has already visited Benin, and will be arriving in Ghana from Niger.

President Ahmadinejad will co-chair a bilateral meeting between the two countries on Wednesday, lay a wreath at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and address a public lecture at the Islamic University College in Accra.

Story by Joy FM

The question many Ghanaians would like to ask is what is the significance of the Iranian president's visit. The NAM is a group of countries that decided to come together during the Cold War days. They did not want to be associated with either side of the Cold War adversaries: United States or Russia. Though the Cold War is over the NAM members still retain their association for diplomatic, political, and economic reasons. Thus the coming of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will allow Ghana to discuss diplomatic and economic issues with the president. However the place of venue for the delivery of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's public lecture is also of significant and symbolic value. As a president of Islamic Iran part of the agenda of the Iranian President is to export the Iranian version of Islam and affirm his country's commitment to Islamic ideals and solidarity with countries with significant number of Muslims. Thus he wants to demonstrate to the Muslim community in Ghana that they have Iran as an ally. 

While Ghana as country is free to choose her friends freely the leadership of Ghana have to know that Iran is under UN, US, and EU sanctions and anywhere the president of Iran or his officials go is watched keenly by the United States etc. Therefore Ghana must be careful so as not break any of the UN sanctions because breaking them will have political, economic and diplomatic repercussions for the nation.

Analysis by Lord Adusei

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