More allies for our dear Ghana. The President of Iran Hassan Rouhani has agreed to support Ghana in the fight against terrorism. This came to light after a meeting between President Mahama and President Rouhani which was held in Tehran, Iran. Mahama satisfied with this, told the press after the meeting that terrorism was a crucial issue which was to be dealt with without hesitation.
Violent extremism and terrorism is a threat to the whole world and we can only defeat it if we collaborate with each other,” he said.
Mahama and president Rouhani discussed various strategies on how best to tackle terrorism which has become more or less endemic in Africa. Briefing on how the meeting went, Mahama also said that they discussed the strategies on two levels which include, going through the cultural means to fight against extremist ideology, and then sharing intelligence and working together to fight terrorism.
In Africa we are also affected by violent extremism, the situation in Libya is affecting the Sahelian areas of Africa; the operations of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, the operation of Boko Haram are all threats to our peaceful survival.”, he continued.
Mahama also commended President Rouhani for measures the Iranians have put in place in the fight against terrorism. Mahama’s visit to Iran is said to be the first visit of a Ghanaian President to Iran in 37 years. At a Business Forum in Tehran, Mahama also pushed for more Ghana- Iran Business Collaborations. It was also gathered that the two countries have entered an agreement on Oil and Gas, and Petrochemical Engineering.
However, during the joint press conference, Mahama said the agreements between the two countries are in the areas where Iran holds a comparative advantage over Ghana. They revealed they are set to strengthen the relationship between Iran and Ghana.
Mahama had arrived in Tehran, the capital of Iran on Sunday, for these talks with their President. He is also set to meet with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The two countries have had a long standing relationship as members of the Non-Aligned Movement. In 2014, during a visit to Ghana by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they established a Permanent Joint Commission.