President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street, to strengthen ties between Ghana and the United Kingdom.

The President who is on a three-day visit to that country, used the meeting to push Ghana’s new posture of moving bilateral relations from dependence to mutual cooperation beyond aid.

Both leaders also reflected on next year’s Commonwealth Summit, as preparations for the Forum intensified.

Prime Minister May Congratulated Ghana on her 60th Independence, saying that she and the people of the United Kingdom were “looking forward to building a sound relationship, and also developing historic ties with Ghana for the next 60 years.”

She indicated that increasing the volumes of trade between the two countries was the key to boosting the growth, progress and prosperity of the two countries and their respective populations.

The Prime Minister said next year’s Commonwealth Summit, which would be held in London, would present member states with the opportunity “to grow together”, and was pleased that President Akufo-Addo would be participating in the Summit.

She was hopeful that during her tenure of office, the United Kingdom would continue to build “on the strong relationship we have with Ghana.”

President Akufo-Addo thanked the British Prime Minister for the warm reception accorded him and his delegation.

He noted that despite 60 years of parting company, Ghana and the UK with the UK “didn’t part company for good”, and that the relations between both countries had held, regardless of the governments of the day.

The President assured Prime Minister May that, under his leadership as President of Ghana, the already strong relationship would continue.

He was hopeful that his and the period of office of his British counterpart would be marked by the strengthening of the bilateral relations between the two countries for the mutual benefit of the two countries and their respective populations.

Ghana, the President said, was looking forward eagerly to next year’s Commonwealth Summit, which would provide the opportunity to reinvigorate the Commonwealth around its theme of “A Common Future”, and make it a dynamic instrument for the growth of the global community in the 21st Century.

He commended the British PM on the decision of the British government to host next year’s Summit.

As part of activities marking his visit to the UK, the President would deliver a speech on “Democracy and Development” at the Cambridge Union Society of the University of Cambridge.

He is scheduled to, on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, speak at an event, organised by the Royal Africa Society, Facebook and the Ghana 60 years on Committee, on “Africa Beyond Aid”, where he would outline his vision for progress and prosperity of the continent.

President Akufo-Addo would return to Ghana on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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