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Ghana VP meets Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has held discussions with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Assistant Secretary of State, Molly Phee in Washington DC.

Dr. Bawumia who was earlier in New York to attend the UN Security Council meeting says his discussions with the Secretary of State focused on the “security situation in West Africa, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to place premium on COVID-19 vaccine supply, vaccine manufacturing capabilities, and how to adapt and prepare for a next wave or pandemic.”

The Vice President had earlier met with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 8953rd Security Council meeting.

Their deliberations also centred on vaccine manufacturing capabilities for Africa, violent conflicts, Ghana’s role in ensuring regional stability and how Ghana’s digitalization agenda fits into the UN’s global digital compact.

In a Facebook post, Dr. Bawumia said he was at the UN Security Council Open Debate on War in cities: Protection of Civilians in urban settings, on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

“I underscored the fact that the asymmetrical nature of prevailing wars in cities, and the consequent embedding of combatants within interconnected resources and infrastructure of urban areas, poses immense challenges for the protection of civilian populations.”

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