‘Pressing issues’ force President Mahama to cancel official visit to India

Mahama_AU2Ghana’s President John Mahama who was to begin his first three-day official state visit to India this month has cancelled his trip.

The Indian government last week announced that President Mahama will pay an official visit to India from November 10 to 13, 2013.

But the trip has been cancelled. According to an Indian government official, President Mahama called off the trip due to “certain domestic preoccupations”, the Indo-Asian News Service reported November 11, 2013.

President Mahama’s government is currently facing issues related to corruption, labour agitations due to high cost of living as well as internal wrangling in his party.

President Mahama was expected to be accompanied to India by a high-level delegation including Ghana’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Economic Planning, Trade and Industry, and Information and Media Relations.

This would have been President Mahama’s first official visit to India since becoming President of Ghana on January 7, 2013.

The visit was at the invitation of the President of India, Pranab Kumar Mukherjee.

By Ekow Quandzie

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