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Director of State Protocol was not denied a handshake – State Protocol

State Protocol at the Office of the President of Ghana is dismissed claimed that the Director of State Protocol, Ambassador Ahmed Hassan, was denied a handshake by Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada, at the justed ended National Governors Association Winter Meeting over the weekend.

Yesterday, there was a video circulating on various social media platforms for which many Ghanaians have suggested that Ambassador Ahmed Hassan has been snubbed in an attempt to shake hands with Governor Brian Sandoval on the stage when the President Akufo-Addo was invited to the stage. In the video,  Ambassador Ahmed Hassan is seen to have led the President and stretched his hands well open towards Governor Brian Sandoval where the governor waited rather shake hands with the president behind Ambassador Ahmed Hassan.

However, in a statement signed by the Assistant Director of State Protocol, Joseph Adjei-Banin “the suggestions and interpretations were given to this video is misleading and completely false.”

Mr. Adjei-Banin explained that “As part of the protocol discussions prior to the President’s speech, it was agreed that Ambassador Hassan will accompany the President on stage to show the President his seat. That is exactly what Ambassador Hassan was doing and not reaching for a handshake.”

“A critical look at the video will show that Ambassador Hassan was pointing to the seat where the President was supposed to sit.” – He added

He further stated that “After the President shook the hands of Governor Sandoval, there was a debate as to whether the President should sit or go straight away to deliver his keynote address. What ensued was Governor Sandoval pointing to the podium for the President to deliver the speech because they were running behind schedule whilst Ambassador pointed to the seat of the President because that was the agreement at the pre-event protocol discussion.

“The Governor was not directing Ambassador Hassan to resume his seat.” – He emphasised

Below is the full statement:

Our attention has been drawn to a video circulating on social media purporting that the Director of State Protocol, Ambassador Ahmed Hassan, was denied a handshake by Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and further that Governor Sandoval instructed Ambassador Hassan to resume his seat in the audience, at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting over the weekend.

The suggestions and interpretations given to this video is misleading and completely false. As part of the protocol discussions prior to the President’s speech, it was agreed that Ambassador Hassan will accompany the President on stage to show the President his seat. That is exactly what Ambassador Hassan was doing and not reaching for a handshake. A critical look at the video will show that Ambassador Hassan was pointing to the seat where the President was supposed to sit.

After the President shook the hands of Governor Sandoval, there was a debate as to whether the President should sit or go straight away to deliver his keynote address. What ensued was Governor Sandoval pointing to the podium for the President to deliver the speech because they were running behind schedule whilst Ambassador pointed to the seat of the President because that was the agreement at the pre-event protocol discussion. The Governor was not directing Ambassador Hassan to resume his seat.

Ambassador Hassan is a well accomplished and meticulous diplomat, who is well versed in protocol. We, therefore, entreat the public to disregard the false suggestion being peddled as a result of a skewed interpretation of what transpired in the video.

Thank you.

Signed:

Joseph Adjei-Banin
Assistant to Director of State Protocol
Office of the President

Source: AwakeAfrica.com | Efo Korsi Senyo

About Efo Korsi Senyo

Efo Korsi Senyo has over 4 years experience working as investigative journalist with Awake Africa. He is the Head of Awake Investigates. Connect with him via senyo@awakeafrica.com or WhatsApp: +233249155003

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