Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States’ ambassador to the UN, has praised Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, for his outstanding contribution to the stability and security of the West African region as well as Ghana’s position on the UN Security Council.
The US Ambassador to the UN conveyed the gratitude of the United States of America to President Akufo-Addo for his valiant efforts in promoting peace during a meeting with him at Jubilee House on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
“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 also praised Ghana’s solid relationship with the United States over the years, stating 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 reaffirmed the US’s support for President Akufo-Addo as he takes on the ECOWAS chairmanship and deals with security-related problems in West Africa.
We also want to express our full support for your efforts as ECOWAS President in handling the situation in the area and the sometimes extremely difficult decisions you have had to make to address problems there, particularly as they relate to Mali.
This is what Linda Thomas-Greenfield had to say about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Mr President, on Ukraine, as you know and you’ve heard, the President, as well as the Secretary of State and myself are deeply concerned by the growing crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. We believe it’s a war of choice that was made by (President) Putin, his disproportionate actions in terms of attacks on civilian infrastructure and this war has had a very significant impact on the continent of Africa, including Ghana,” she stated.
The US envoy spoke about the food situation on the continent in general and Ghana in particular “I had an opportunity to talk with farmers in Tamale today, and hear from them some of the challenges they’re facing in the agricultural sector. They are not able to access fertilizer and, of course, the high price of petrol has had a huge impact on them, and they are planting about 40% of what they planted in the past. We have responded to this crisis throughout the continent of Africa. We have had to continue to work with you to address the rising food insecurity challenge”
She also rejected the Russian narrative that the global food crisis is a result of the sanctions the US has imposed on the European powerhouse.
“I would like to state, Mr. President, that 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 also expressed concern about Mali’s security circumstances and the nation’s authorities’ refusal to support initiatives meant to bring about the country’s long-term peace.
According to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US welcomes any guidance President Akufo-Addo may give them to address the Malian crisis effectively.