ACCRA–Venezuela and Ghana signed an agreement to end the visa requirement for diplomatic passports, aiming to promote ties between both countries.

The agreement is a result of the South-South Dignity tour in which the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is visiting several African nations. In Ghana, Arreaza met with his counterpart Shirley Ayorkor Botchay.

With the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, we have established the foundations for a new beginning in our bilateral relations in specific areas such as energy, agriculture, transportation and education.

During the meeting in Accra, Arreaza celebrated that Ghana shares the values of the South-South Dignity plans, which he called a very productive mechanism of popular consultations.

He also pointed out that the correct design of mutual cooperation will allow these countries’ voices to be heard at the international level. Our continents have the resources needed to guarantee development and prosperity.

He said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is very interested in the trade field that African Union is working on, to learn about it and see if its possible to adapt it to Latin America and the Caribbean.

And Ayorkor Botchway said Ghana is ready to strengthen ties with Venezuela. It’s our desire and we will work on it together, she said.

This is the second Venezuelan high-level visit to Ghana, after deputy foreign minister Yuri Pimentel’s visit. We understand Africa’s priorities towards Venezuela and we understand them, said Arreaza.

The Venezuelan foreign minister later met with Ghana’s Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare to ratify Venezuela’s will to develop an integral and productive relationship with the African country.

Arreaza also met with K. K. Sarpong, president of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, who said he will visit Venezuela in order to design a new cooperation plan on energy.

During the South-South Dignity tour, Arreaza visited countries such as Mozambique and South Africa to build stronger ties between Africa and Latin America.