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Newsline: Ghanaian Embassy denies report of attacks in Egypt

An official of the Ghanaian Embassy in Cairo Egypt says the Embassy has not received any reports of Ghanaians being attacked by Egyptian fans as being reported in the Ghanaian media. The Finder newspaper reported that some Ghanaians resident in Cairo had been attacked by Egyptian football fans without any provocation. According to the paper, the Egyptian fans allegedly resorted to assaulting the Ghanaians because of their disappointment over the Pharaoh’s 6 -1 defeat to the Black Stars of Ghana in the first leg of the play-off phase of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers. However, speaking to Yaw Acheampong, host of Radio Universe’ ‘Inside Afrika’ programme via telephone from Cairo, an official of Ghana’s Embassy in Egypt who prefers to be anonymous, said the embassy has not received any such reports. Although she did not rule out the possibility of attacks on Ghanaians by Egyptian fans, the official at Ghana’s Diplomatic Mission in Egypt asserted that “no one has come here till now for this reason.”



Newsline: US Embassy In Ghana Lives On Residual Budget Due To Shutdown

The United States Embassy in Accra is operating on a residual budget because of the partial shut down by the government, an Official of the Embassy said. The official explained that the residual budget was insufficient for the operations of the embassy and should the shut down continue, the Embassy will have to lay off non-essential staff members to enable them sustain their operations. The Official who pleaded anonymity spoke to the media on how the US government shut down was affecting the embassy’s operations. A Residual budget is budget which has not been used therefore rolled over unto the following year. The Embassy Official said that they were still using the budget of 2013, explaining that the US fiscal calendar starts from October 1 and end on September 30. The Official, however, said the shutdown will not affect Ghanaians directly since they continue to have meetings with stakeholders and the visa section continues to operate.


Newsline: Ghana embassy in Russia sabotages independence day celebrations

A move by Officials of the Ghana Embassy in Russia that has sabotaged efforts of the Ghana Community and students from celebrating the 6th March Independence Day has raised eyebrows among Ghanaians in the Russian Federation. Over the years there has been a joint celebration of the Independence Day with specially allocated Government funds during which the Ambassador meets to interact with students and members of the Ghana community. On this occasion the Ghana embassy has surprisingly and unprecedentedly decided not to support or be part of the 6th March celebrations for unknown reasons. This comes at a time when there has been several complaints regarding how things are done at that embassy, with several instances of alleged abuses of power and victimization of some ordinary Ghanaians whose interests should have been paramount to the mission as well as the arbitrary reductions in student allowances without reasons. Some Ghanaians felt the Government has failed them by its inability to carefully scrutinize well some of the people sent to represent the nation overseas.


Newsline: France ready to relocate embassy in Ghana

France has expressed its readiness to relocate its embassy from the Flagstaff House area as a sign of fostering of stronger bond with Ghana. The French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Frederic Clavier, said he was in talks with the government of Ghana to identify a suitable place to locate its embassy. He said he had made a proposal to the government of Ghana on the planned relocation, saying “I can tell you I am in a very close contact with Ghanaian authorities and there is absolutely no problem in that direction.” He would not give a timeline but bu said plans were far advanced and the planned relocation would be soon and the agreed location announced.


Newsline: Ghana to open a new embassy in Turkey

President John Dramani Mahama left for Ankara,Turkey as part of a four day official visit to that country. While in Turkey the President is expected to open a new Embassy of Ghana in Ankara, Turkey. The Ghana Mission which started operation in Turkey late last year has been without an official office.


Newsline: Netherlands moves embassy from Senegal to Ghana

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands accredited to Sierra Leone and based in Senegal, Ambassador Pieter Jan Kleiweg De Zwaan, has informed the government of Sierra Leone that its Embassy in Dakar Senegal will be closed and relocated to Accra in Ghana. He said his government will be covering Sierra Leone, through their Embassy in Ghana. This he noted is as a result of some of their missions being closed in Africa. “However’ he said “there would be exceptions for diplomatic applications to be processed in Senegal” Ambassador De Zwaan added that applicants from Sierra Leone should in the interim first contact the Dutch Embassy in Senegal for enquiries on +221338490360 or Fax +221338217084 or through its web- http://www.nlambassadedakar.org.


Newsline: Ghana’s foreign missions unpaid for 3 months

A letter intercepted by Citi News indicates that Ghanaians working in the country’s missions abroad with particular reference to the Embassy in Tokyo, Japan have not been paid for the past three months. The letter revealed that the local staff of the Ghanaian Embassy in Tokyo has called off a planned demonstration to demand payment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration confirmed the situation, but the Deputy Minister Chris Kpodo said the Ministry is working to rectify the problem. He told Citi News in an interview that, “there has been some delay in remittances to our missions and there is no cause for alarm actually. We have a general problem and it’s affecting all missions, it’s not only Tokyo mission.”