President Mahama Flies To Iran

His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama is expected in Iran on Sunday 14th February 2016, a statement from the Flagstaff House indicates.

President Mahama is expected to engage in bilateral discussions on the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran.

According to the statement, the president will be seeking to woo investments and partnerships in agriculture.

“Ghana will be seeking partnerships in rice farming and processing, agro-processing and mining to expand production and export to Iran,” the statement said.

He is also expected to visit and hold mutual discussions with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and talks with the Speaker of Majlis (Parliament), Dr Ali Larijani.

President Mahama will also meet the Ghanaian community in Iran before departing.

Below is the full statement:

President John Dramani Mahama, will pay a State Visit to Iran from Sunday. His visit will follow that of other world leaders who have been to Tehran in the immediate post-sanctions era.

President Mahama who is visiting Tehran at the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani will hold bilateral discussions and address a joint press conference on Sunday.

The two leaders will also preside over the signing of Memoranda of Understanding and attend an Official Luncheon in honour of President John Mahama.

President Mahama will also meet the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and hold discussions with the Speaker of Majlis (Parliament), Dr. Ali Larijani.

Ghana and Iran have a long standing relationship as members of the Non-Aligned Movement. In 2014, during a visit to Ghana by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the two countries established a Permanent Joint Commission.

With seven (7) Iranian companies investing over $8.6 million in the Ghanaian economy, President Mahama will at a Business Forum in Tehran push for more Ghana- Iran Business collaboration, with Ghanaian entities exploring export markets in Iran.

Ghana will be seeking partnerships in rice farming and processing, agro-processing and mining, to expand production and export to Iran.

Iranian investments in Ghana have so far been in the manufacturing sector, with two new Iranian companies setting up in 2015, an aftermath of the visit of the former Iranian President.

President Mahama will also visit a power plant and meet with Ghanaians in Iran before leaving for Accra.

Thanks,

SxD.

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Media Office
Flagstaff House Communications Bureau
Office of the President
Flagstaff House
Kanda- Accra
Ghana

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