President Pal Losonczi of Hungary arrived in Ghana on Thursday (15 November) on the second stage of his four-nation African tour.
President Pal Losonczi of Hungary arrived in Ghana on Thursday (15 November) on the second stage of his four-nation African tour. Among the party accompanying the President, were Hungary's Ministers for Foreign Trade and Heavy Industries.
The Ghanaian Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, was at Kotaka International Airport to welcome the Hungarian leader to his country. Before they left the airport, the two men inspected a Guard of Honour. President Losonczi also laid a wreath at the tomb of Ghana's Unknown Soldier, on the first day of his five-day visit.
On Thursday evening, a State banquet was given in honour f the Hungarian leader. During the banquet the two heads of state exchanged honours. The following day, Friday (16 November), President Losonczi had private talks with Colonel Acheampong at the State House before leaving the capital for a tour of the new industrial complex at Tema, 18 miles (30 kms.) east of Accra.
On Friday, the state-owned daily newspaper, "The Graphic", said that Hungary, like other socialist countries, had always supported liberation movements in African and respected the sovereignty of newly independent countries in Africa and elsewhere.
SYNOPSIS: President Pal Losonczi of Hungary arrived in Ghana on Thursday. It was the second stage of his tour of four African nations. Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, the Ghanaian Head of state was at Kotaka International Airport to meet him.
Before leaving for Accra, President Losonczi ad Colonel Acheampong inspected a military Guard of Honour. President Losonczi is being accompanied on his African tour by fourteen Hungarian officials, including the Ministers of Foreign Trade and Heavy Industry. In a statement welcoming the Hungarian leader, Colonel Acheampong praised President Losonczi's support for developing nations ion African and Asia.
After welcoming ceremonies at Kotaka International Airport, the President and his party drove to Accra, where the Hungarian leader laid a wreath at the Memorial to Ghana's Unknown Soldier. Following the ceremony at Independence Square, the two leaders left for the Castle at Osu.
On Thursday evening, the Hungarian leader was the guest of honour at a banquet at the State House. In a speech during the banquet, Colonel Acheampong said he was working towards ending colonialism and racial discrimination in Africa. He added that he counted on the support given by Hungary and other Socialist countries. He presented President Losonczi with Ghana's highest award, Companion of the Star of Ghana.
President Losonczi was also at the State House on Friday morning -- too have private talks with Colonel Acheampong, before visiting the Tema industrial complex, on Friday afternoon.