‘Your election has revived hope for the youth, especially in Ghana’ – Akufo-Addo to Senegal’s Faye

President Akufo-Addo has highlighted the inspiring impact of the election of President Bassirou Diomaye Faye on the youth of Ghana, saying it has reinvigorated their hopes and aspirations.

“The election of President Faye has revived hope for the youth, especially in Ghana, and they all now want to become president,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo spoke on Friday when Senegalese President Faye visited him at the Jubilee House as part of his official tour.

The visit was part of his ‘friendship and work’ tour of key West African countries including Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

He was accompanied by the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Security, along with other high-profile Senegalese officials.

President Akufo-Addo welcomed President Faye and emphasized the historic and refreshing nature of the visit, highlighting the strong bond of friendship between Ghana and Senegal.

He said: “The election of President Faye was a source of reassurance to all those interested in Ghana’s democratic future.”

President Akufo-Addo noted that Senegal faced challenges to its democratic principles and human rights, but ultimately the country upheld its democratic values.

“At a certain point, Senegal’s reputation as a country committed to the principles of democratic accountability and respect for human rights was at risk. But fortunately common sense prevailed.”

Despite the short duration of the visit, President Akufo-Addo stressed its importance. “As you know, I chose his inauguration because of the history between our two countries and also because his election was a source of reassurance for those of us who believe in the democratic future of our region and our continent.”

He commended President Faye’s peaceful and unifying ascent to the presidency, noting that Senegal is poised to play a crucial role in the development of the ECOWAS community.

“We are fortunate that we have a new leader in Senegal, and he is going to help us solve the big problem that we have in the ECOWAS community, and that is the alleged departure of three of the key figures, key countries… that is Niger , Burkina Faso and Mali.”

President Akufo-Addo expressed optimism over President Faye’s commitment to reviving dialogue within ECOWAS, with the aim of extending a hand of brotherhood to the members who have left.

“It is historically a very important set of measures that need to be taken for this to happen,” he stressed.

In his response, President Faye commended President Akufo-Addo’s Pan-African credentials and pledged to seek advice on his ideals to achieve desired levels of African integration.

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