General News of Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Ghanaians are behind you, Kofi Annan assures Mahama

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has assured President John Mahama of his “personal support” in his new role.

Kofi Annan is also convinced Ghanaians are behind the new president sworn-in after the shocking death of his predecessor Prof John Mills.

Annan, who recently resigned his role as Syrian envoy was at the Castle, Tuesday, to console the President John Mahama.

“I am very pleased to be able to meet with you this morning. Our country has gone through a difficult period. We have lost a leader, a democrat. Now you have the baton and I am here to pay my respects and to congratulate you in these difficult times as you take on a very difficult challenge for our nation and I am sure you are going to lead us as effectively as any leader could.

“Let me assure you of my personal support and I am sure the Ghanaians will stand behind you and work with you as you steer the affairs of state.

“Once again congratulations Mr President.

John Mahama said he will be counting on the international experience of the former UN Secretary General to succeed in office.

He was grateful for the support and the kind words from UN Secretary General.

“We thank you for this gesture in paying condolences to our late president and also for the warm congratulations you just gave,” he stated.

He is hoping to continue what he said was a good working relationship the late president had with Kofi Annan.