Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has announced that it has opened a diplomatic mission in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
Additionally, the ministry announced plans to open embassies in Rwanda, Mozambique, and Botswana.
This move highlights Ukraine’s commitment to expanding diplomatic relations, and fostering partnerships with Africa.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that priorities for the upcoming year is continuing to develop ties with African countries.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also stated that Zelensky instructed the Ukrainian diplomatic service to open new embassies in Africa.
Last year, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, tasked the Ukrainian diplomatic service with opening new embassies in Africa.
“I am pleased to announce that the first of them has already started its work in Ghana.”
“This is part of our strategy to develop relations with African countries, the Ukrainian-African renaissance, and to counter Russian influence in the world.”
“Opening embassies in countries like Ghana will also open up new opportunities for the Ukrainian state, business and citizens,” Kuleba stated.
Ambitious Plans, Strategic Moves, and Global Engagement in Africa
Kuleba stated that the embassy will function with a charge d’affaires until an ambassador is appointed.
Ukraine aims to establish 10 embassies in Africa, as outlined by the Foreign Ministry.
President Zelensky expressed a desire to extend Ukraine’s presence to 30 African countries over time.
In May, Kuleba emphasized Ukraine’s diplomats “rediscovering continents” to boost global influence and economy, focusing on a political counteroffensive.
He added that Kyiv aims to strengthen its position globally, particularly in the Global South, as part of a broader diplomatic strategy.
Kuleba, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, revealed this during discussions with Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway in Accra.
The visit was part of the inaugural tour of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs head to African nations, emphasizing diplomatic engagements in Africa.