Ukraine has opened the Embassy of Ukraine in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The opening of the new diplomatic mission took place in accordance with the instructions of the President of Ukraine to expand Ukraine’s diplomatic presence in Africa.
This was announced on Wednesday, 27 December, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.
“Last year, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave the Ukrainian diplomatic service the task of opening new embassies in Africa. I am pleased to announce that the first of them has already started its work in Ghana. We will continue to open others. This is part of our strategy to develop relations with African countries, the Ukrainian-African renaissance, and to counter russian influence in the world. Expanding our diplomatic presence will also open up new opportunities for the Ukrainian state, business and citizens,” the Minister said.
Until the ambassador is appointed, the Ukrainian Embassy in Ghana will operate at the level of a charge d’affaires. It will perform a full range of functions: developing political contacts, strengthening economic ties and providing consular services to Ukrainians and Ghanaians.
According to Dmytro Kuleba, the next countries where the Ukrainian flag will be raised over the new Ukrainian embassies will be Rwanda, Mozambique and Botswana. In total, Ukraine plans to open ten new embassies in Africa.