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Former Ghanaian ambassador to receive Cuban Friendship Medal

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Accra, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) The first ambassador of Ghana in Cuba (1983-1988), Kojo Owusu Gyamadua Amoo-Gottfried, will receive the Friendship Medal awarded by the government of Cuba in recognition of his support and defense of the Cuban revolution.

The president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Fernando González, proposed that the official be awarded the Friendship Medal, which is imposed on Cuban or foreign citizens, organizations, or institutions, that stand out individually or collectively in their activity, aimed at achieving the construction of a more just society, and strengthening the ties of fraternal friendship, cooperation and mutual aid between the countries.

The Cuban ambassador to Ghana, Anette Chao García, stated that Amoo-Gottfried participated in 1987 as ambassador in the 18th United Nations International Seminar on Palestine held at the Convention Palace in Havana.

He was the executor of the Scholarship Program for Children and Youth of Ghana, promoted jointly by Fidel Castro Ruz and Jerry John Rawlings, who was then the president of Ghana.

The diplomat made periodic visits to Accra’s students on the Isle of Youth, which earned him the respect and admiration of Ghanaians who studied in Cuba. He is also considered an important figure in the Cuban Solidarity Movement.

In 2016 he received the “Black Star Excellence” Award given by the Ghana Socialist Forum to personalities with outstanding careers, linked to the causes of progressive movements. His sustained solidarity towards Cuba and its Revolution was highlighted in the argumentation for the awarding.

The former diplomat is currently a promoter of trips to Havana for people with whom he was professionally linked, motivated by his experiences and affection for Cuba.

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