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Obama / Ghana / Speech by President Barack Obama to the Ghanaian Parliament

Obama / Ghana / Speech by President Barack Obama to the Ghanaian Parliament

ACCRA, Ghana, July 12, 2009/African Press Organization (APO) / - Remarks by President Barack Obama to the Ghanaian Parliament:

International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana

12:40 PM GMT

THE PRESIDENT: (sound of a trumpet.) Like it. Thank you. Thank you. I think Congress needs a trumpet. (Laughter.) That sounds pretty good. Sounds like Louis Armstrong. (Laughter.)

Good afternoon everyone. It is a great honor for me to find myself in Accra and drive me to the representatives of the people of Ghana. (Applause.) I am deeply grateful for the welcome I received, as are Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama. Ghana's history is rich, the ties between our two countries are strong and I am proud of the fact that this is my first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as President of the United States of America. (Applause.)

I thank the Hon. President of Parliament and all members of the Assembly of Representatives that we receive today. I want to thank President Mills for his outstanding leadership. The Past Presidents - Jerry Rawlings, former President Kufuor - Vice President, President of the Supreme Court - thank you all for your extraordinary hospitality and the wonderful institutions that created in Ghana.

I turn to you at the end of a long journey. I began in Russia, a Summit between two great powers. Traveled to Italy for a meeting of the strongest economies in the world. And I've come here to Ghana for a simple reason: the twenty-first century will be influenced not only by events in Rome, Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra. (Applause.)

This is very true in an era when the boundaries between people can not resist the force that binds us. Your prosperity can increase the prosperity of America. Your health and security can contribute to your health and safety worldwide. And the strength of your democracy can help advance human rights worldwide.

So I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart. I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world - (applause) - as partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all our children. This partnership should be based on responsibility and mutual respect. And that's what I want to talk to you today.

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