Ghana-Iran Relations

Ghana and Iran established formal Diplomatic Relations in 1974. However, due to economic reasons, Ghana closed its Embassy in Tehran in 1981. The closure of the Ghana Embassy did not affect the cordial relations between the two countries as they continued to cooperate bilaterally and at multilateral fora. In fact, it was during this period of the Embassy’s closure that the two countries established a Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) to serve as an avenue for the two countries to discuss and agree on areas of cooperation for their mutual benefits. Seven Sessions have since been held with the recent one in Tehran in May 2022.

Relations between Ghana and Iran have been further strengthened over the years since the re-opening of the Ghana Embassy in 2008. The re-opening of the Ghana Embassy was welcome news not only to the Iranian authorities but also within the diplomatic community in Iran. It is therefore not surprising that relations between our two countries have been growing steadily.

Exchange of High Level Visits 

In recent times, Ghana and Iran have enjoyed exchange of high-level visits between the two countries aimed at cementing the already cordial relations and fruitful cooperation between them. The visits from Ghana include those undertaken by the former President H.E John Dramani Mahama in January 2016, the current Vice President, H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in August 2017, the former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Hannah Serwaah Tetteh in August 2015 and Minister for Tourism and Culture, Hon. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal in August 2021 and recently in May 2022.

On the Iranian side, former President H.E. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Ghana in April 2013, while the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohammed Javad Zarif visited in 2016.

For further information on Ghana-Iran relations contact hoc.tehran@mfa.gov.gh

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