The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic met today with the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana Aaron Michael Oquaye, currently in official visit to Serbia.
Gojkovic said that the visit of the Ghanaian Parliament Speaker is historic as it is the first by the country’s Parliament Speaker and at the same time the first visit by a Ghanaian dignitary to the Republic of Serbia in decades.
The Serbian Assembly Speaker said that the two countries share a long history of friendly relations dating back to the times of former Yugoslavia and the Non-Aligned Movement, adding that this historic friendship and support oblige us to keep advancing bilateral relations in all areas of common interest. Gojkovic said that this visit shows that the friendship between Serbia and Ghana is not a thing of the past and that the two countries are ready to develop and enhance their bilateral relations in the future.
Gojkovic added that the historic visit also opens a new chapter of interparliamentary cooperation and that there is plenty of room to intensify it, in which the establishment of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Ghana is just the first step.
Gojkovic said that the Serbian Assembly is ready to contribute to bilateral cooperation by ratifying any agreements the two governments sign and that there is ample opportunity for cooperation at the level of parliamentary committees and delegations in international parliamentary organizations, and the National Assembly can provide experience-based support in a variety of fields, especially gender equality.
The Serbian Assembly Speaker said that next year marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Ghana, characterized by friendship even during Ghana’s fight for national liberation, and suggested that the two parliaments’ contribute to the jubilee by signing a memorandum of cooperation.
The Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana Aaron Michael Oquaye said he was thrilled to be visiting Serbia and the National Assembly, the historic edifice that hosted the founding summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, stressing that Ghana wants to strengthen and further the friendship and cooperation of those days.
Oquaye said Ghana is interested in cooperation in the field of medicine, like the one in the past when Ghanaian students used the knowledge gained in Serbia to contribute to the development of their own country, as well as in furthering cooperation in the fields of defence, economy, infrastructure, agriculture, science and technology.
Oquaye said that Ghana follows Serbia’s progress and development with great interest stressing that a combination of Serbia’s experience and knowledge and Ghana’s rich resources could yield significant results in the interest of both countries.
Gojkovic and Oquaye discussed the two countries’ important national questions and the Serbian Assembly Speaker invited the leadership of Ghana, as a friendly country which abides by international law, to re-consider its decision to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo-Metohija and briefed the Ghanaian Parliament Speaker on the course of the talks with Pristina and the state of the endangered Serbian cultural and religious heritage in Kosovo-Metohija.
Ghanaian Parliament Speaker Oquaye said that he would mention the issue of Kosovo-Metohija, issue of great importance for Serbia, to the Foreign Minister and President of Ghana, assured that the President would consider it and discuss it further.
to watch the press conference of the Serbian and Ghanaian parliament speakers.