President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a two-day visit to Ghana in Africa, has spoken out against the meance of terrorism and has promised complete support to Ghana to fight it.
“It is a scourge and knows no borders; it has no ideology except the ideology of wanton destruction. It must be eradicated through the collective efforts of the civilised world. India is in solidarity with you as you confront this challenge,” said President Mukherjee in his address at the banquet hosted by Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama on Sunday.
President Mukherjee’s visit to the African country is part of India’s outreach to Africa. It is also the first visit ever made by an Indian President.
President Mukherjee also noted that India has been a victim of terrorism for three decades and shares Ghana’s concern that it has become a global menace.
While President Mahama quoted Mahatma Gandhi and recalled the bond shared between Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah and India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, both founding fathers of the Non-Aligned Movement, Mukherjee quoted a poem of Rabindranath Tagore titled ‘Africa’ in his address.
“Today the world order demands global governance structures that are consistent with the new challenges that confront the global community. It is a serious anomaly that India, home to every sixth citizen of the world and Africa, a vibrant hub of the global economy, still remain out of UN Security Council,” Mukherjee said.
President Mukherjee also assured Ghana that Indian investors understand the full potential of investing in Ghana and will further increase investments if the right opportunities are given to them.
Lauding Ghana’s efforts in reducing poverty levels to almost half and crossing the threshold to become a low income country, Mukherjee said India will continue to extend the hand of cooperation as it marches on the path of prosperity.
Mukherjee gifted Mahama a photograph of India’s first President Rajendra Prasad meeting Nkrumah in Rashtrapati Bhavan as he stressed that government of India seeks Ghana’s continued support in fulfilling the vision of the Indo African Forum Summit held in New Delhi last year.
“The people of India fondly remember Dr Kwame Nkrumah, a great son of Ghana and a visionary leader of pan-Africanism…He embodied Africa’s dignity, and inspired the peoples and the governments of African countries to claim their rightful place in global affairs,” the President said.
(With inputs from PTI)