Ghana and Malta on Wednesday pledged to strengthen ties of cooperation and provide mutual support for each other at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

This came after a ministerial roundtable discussion in Accra as part of three-day official visit to Ghana by Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

Speaking at a joint press conference, President Nana Akufo-Addo said their deliberations also centered on driving investment opportunities, domestic and foreign, in the two countries, and the need for enhanced cooperation and partnership.

He said his Maltese counterpart and her team had resolved to give voice to Ghana’s cause and interests at the European Union while Ghana, on the other hand, would help to facilitate the provision of a platform for enhanced economic engagement between Malta and member countries of the West African bloc, ECOWAS.

This should boost the trade volumes and help bring prosperity to the peoples of Ghana and Malta, he said.

On the issue of migration, Akufo-Addo bemoaned the high numbers of young Africans taking distressing risks across the Sahara and around the Mediterranean, trying to reach a better life.

He said the Maltese president and her delegation had reiterated their commitment to champion the need for humane treatment of illegal migrants as well as the protection of their human rights in accordance with international law, both at home and on EU platforms.

He said Ghana would collaborate with Malta and EU to help find solutions to the factors that triggered illegal migration.

This is the first visit to Ghana by any sitting Maltese president. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh