The President of Ghana and Benin have agreed to strengthen bonds between their two West African countries by re-opening a joint commission of co-operation.
GV EXTERIOR Banner outside conference venue, welcoming Ghanaian President Hilla Limann
SV INTERIOR PAN FROM Ghanaian President Hilla Limann to Benin President Mathieu Kerekou signing agreement
SV Delegation members
SV PAN Two Presidents continue signing, with observer at table (2 shots)
SV Presidents exchange documents and embrace, shake hands
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Background: The President of Ghana and Benin have agreed to strengthen bonds between their two West African countries by re-opening a joint commission of co-operation. The move follows talks between Ghana's President Hilla Limann and President Mathieu Kerekou in Benin last Friday (17 May).
SYNOPSIS: Ghana's President Hilla Limann received a warm welcome when he flew into the Benin capital, Cotonou, for friendship talks.
It was the first time a head of state from Ghana had visited Benin since the armed forces led by Flight-Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings seized power in Accra in September last year. The talks between the two leaders covered co-operation in several areas including transport, tourism, telecommunications, the free movement of goods and people, and culture. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the West African economic community.
A general agreement between the two countries was signed. The President also praised the new Government in Zimbabwe and re-stated support for the guerrilla war against apartheid in Southern Africa. Benin and Ghana, they said, will continue to support the Organisation for African Unity.