Ukraine Establishes First Embassy in West Africa, Opens in Ghana

by Roman Cheplyk
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
Ukraine Establishes First Embassy in West Africa, Opens in Ghana

Ukraine has inaugurated its first embassy in West Africa, situated in Accra, the capital of Ghana

Initially operating as a temporary mission, the embassy's opening was announced by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' press service.

This move is aimed at bolstering relations and economic ties between Ukraine and Ghana, as well as providing consular services to Ukrainian nationals and Ghanaian citizens. The establishment of the embassy is a key component of Ukraine's strategy to enhance Ukrainian-African cooperation and to counter Russian influence in the region.

Until an ambassador is appointed, the embassy will function under the guidance of a chargé ad interim. Additionally, plans are underway for Mozambique, Rwanda, and Botswana to open their embassies in neighboring countries of Ukraine. Overall, Ukraine intends to open ten new embassies across Africa.

Ghana's economy primarily revolves around agriculture, oil production, and gold mining. The country is also recognized as a significant producer of cocoa.

In related diplomatic efforts, on July 16, a delegation of African leaders, headed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, visited Kyiv. The purpose of this visit was to present a peace plan aimed at resolving the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

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