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US and Ghana seek closer security and military ties

President Akufo-Addo’s vision and poise are what Ghana needs to be beyond aid, the US ambassador to Ghana Robert Jackson has observed.

ACCRA–– The United States is shaping its traditional focus from Liberia to a new West African nation, Ghana.

The US and Ghana are now working together to forge closer ties between their armed forces but both countries have vehemently denied that the process would involve setting up military bases in the West African nation.

On Tuesday, reliable sources in Ghana cited revealed documents from a recent Ghanaian cabinet meeting as the basis of a request to parliament to approve an agreement between the two governments.

President Akuffo-Addo’s cabinet ministers have reportedly supported a proposal to allow the US military access to and the use of facilities in Ghana.

Over the past years, rumors have been swirling in Ghana that the United States, as part of its military operations in Africa, wants to establish a military base in the country.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s defense minister Dominic Nitiwul said there were currently no more than 200 US military personnel in the country and it is “not true” that Washington, DC wants a more permanent presence in the country.

In a statement, the US Embassy in Accra said that Washington had “not requested, nor does it plan to establish a military base or bases in Ghana”.

It added: “This year, the United States of America is investing over $20 million (16.3 million euros) in training and equipment for the Ghanaian armed forces.

“Ghana is once again preparing to train US forces, as it did in 2017.”

Joint exercises were planned for this year “which require access to Ghanaian bases by US participants and those from other nations when included”, it added.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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