Edgars Rinkvis, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, claims that Latvia should follow Ghana’s excellent example and learn from its successes at the UN Security Council.
Mr. Edgars Rinkvis, who is visiting Ghana and Benin on business, thinks that this gesture will help Latvia’s bid to join the UNSC as a non-permanent member for the year 2026–2027.
He announced this during a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo today, Monday, April 17, 2023, at Jubilee House in Accra. This was the first visit of its kind by a high-level Latvian official to Ghana.
The foreign minister revealed that Ghana and Latvia have worked together over the years in the areas of infrastructure and technology for health care, particularly in the fields of radiography and pharmaceuticals.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, president of the republic, remarked that the development of bonds of collaboration provides a solid foundation for establishing bilateral, state-to-state economic and political ties, particularly between smaller countries.
According to him, these high-level visits between Latvia and Ghana provide a powerful impetus for the development of the bilateral relationships, which are currently at the beginning of a promising period of beneficial interactions.
President Akufo-Addo observed that, “in the way that the world is today, it is zealous relations that provide the strongest foundation for the state-to-state encounters and state-to-state developments thus we are very happy to have you here.
“We know that you are at a very sensitive part of the world today, both from your history and from the actuality of what is happening around you. But you know Ghana’s position as far as the big issues of the global agenda is concerned we are very strong supporters of the multi-lateral system of firm adherence of the rule of law, both domestically and within the global system of governance, and it is for that reason that we have taken this strong position about Russian involvements in Ukraine and I think that small countries like us have an interest in making sure that the great powers of the world are refrained as much as possible from this kind of activities,” he added.
Citing the strong premise for continued efforts to work together, President Akufo-Addo said, “we welcome you and your business delegation to Ghana and hopefully your time here is going to also be fruitful in terms of advancing the commercial as well as the political relations between our two countries.”