The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been awarded on Monday, 11th October 2021, with the Medal of the Republic of Serbia, by the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić.
The head of state was given the award at the seat of the Serbian Presidency in Belgrade during the ceremony to celebrate the founding of the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
President Akufo-Addo was decorated “for exceptional merits in developing and strengthening co-operation and friendly relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Ghana.”
According to Ghanaian Presidency, Nana Akufo-Addo delivered a speech at the plenary session of the Conference, where he stated that since the days of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, one of the five (5) historic founding fathers of NAM, Ghana has remained a faithful adherent of its principles.
This means, “respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of States, non-interference in the domestic affairs of States, and non-aggression against States.”
“We believe that the strength of this Movement is determined not just by its numbers, but, more significantly, by the attachment to the principles that founded it.,” he said.
“60 years later, the great powers have not disarmed, neither has the threat of nuclear war receded. They are still as powerful as they were then, and this has been highlighted by the COVID pandemic, and the unsavoury politics of vaccine nationalism we are currently witnessing.” he added.