|FILE – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019.|
By VOA News
ACCRA, GHANA – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Ghana with a U.S. congressional delegation for high-level talks and a commemoration of the 400-year-old slave trade from Africa to the New World.
The visitors were to be received Monday evening by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra. They include the House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Karen Bass and House representatives Barbara Lee and John Lewis, the Associated Press reported.
The delegation — welcomed Sunday afternoon in Accra by U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan and by Pelosi’s counterpart, parliamentary speaker Aaron Mike Oquaye — is expected to discuss “regional security, sustainable and inclusive development and the challenges of tomorrow, including the climate crisis,” the AP said.
Pelosi is scheduled to address Ghana’s lawmakers on Wednesday. Ghana’s foreign minister, Ayorkor S. Botchway, told reporters that Pelosi would “make an important address in the Senate, which will boost Ghana-U.S. relations.”
As part of the 400th anniversary commemoration of the first enslaved Africans landing in America, Pelosi will visit Cape Coast and Elmina Castle, and the Door of No Return, the gateway from which enslaved Africans were shipped across the sea.
|FILE – The Door of No Return at Cape Coast Castle, a fortress used to confine slaves in Ghana before they were shipped abroad, is pictured Dec. 1, 2010.|
Ghana expects tens of thousands of people with ties to Africa to mark the “Year of Return.”
En route to Ghana, the delegation visited Saturday with top officials of U.S. Africa Command at its headquarters in Vicenza, Italy.