Israel Reopens Embassy in Ghana

After 38 years Israel has officially reopened its embassy in Ghana – historically the first African nation to establish ties with Israel.

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Ambassador Sharon Bar-Li and President John E
Ambassador Sharon Bar-Li and President John E
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While temporarily evacuating embassies in Jordan and in Cairo due to an upsurge of Islamist incitement and anti-Israel violence, the Jewish State has officially reopened one after 38 years in Ghana, historically the first African nation with which it established diplomatic relations.

Israeli Ambassador in Akra, Sharon Bar-Li, presented her credentials to Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills at a traditional ceremony in which the name “Israel” was beaten out on the “talking drums.”

In her speech, Bar-Li noted that the event marked the deepening of the historic relations between the two states. Israel was very active in Ghana in the areas of development, training and education, and provided assistance in setting up local institutions.

Ghana established itself as a preferred destination for investments in the western part of the continent and is an economic target for Israeli business people.

The decision to reopen the embassy in Ghana was made during Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's visit to the country in September 2009, in accordance with an agreement by both states to open embassies. The move came as part of the Israel's policy to expand relations with African states, and activity on the continent.