The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has refuted news publication that the United Kingdom (UK) intends deploying special forces to Ghana.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the eye of the Government of Ghana had been drawn to a news merchandise carried by a media outlet in the UK and a few media homes in Ghana dubbed “British soldiers expected in Ghana after withdrawal from Mali.”
It noted that the story alleged that the British Government had taken a choice to ship 300 special forces models to Ghana to help the Accra Initiative.
The statement said the Government of Ghana had no interactions with the UK Government aimed at deploying UK troopers to Ghana for functions of operations as described in the story.
It said the Accra Initiative (AI) was a cooperative and collaborative safety mechanism, launched in 2017 under the management of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo together with his colleagues from Benin, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Togo.
It noted that the present members of the Initiative have been Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Togo, Mali and Niger.
It said the Initiative goals to stop a spillover of terrorism from the Sahel and to handle transnational organized crime inside the frequent border areas of member states.
The statement said the initiative was to additional alternate intelligence, construct capability and undertake army motion against terrorist forces in the Sahel that threaten coastal west Africa.
It said the Accra Initiative is an African-led, African-executed initiative which might rely solely on the armed forces of its member States.
It said the presence of the UK Minister for the Armed Forces in Accra, was to take part in the Accra Initiative Conference on 21st and 22nd November 2022.
“The Government of Ghana wishes to state that the information regarding British special forces is false,” it said.
“Neither Ghana nor any other member of the Accra Initiative has discussed with any partner, any such request nor contemplated the involvement of foreign forces in any of their activities.”
The statement noted that some individuals on social media had already leapt on the again of the false news merchandise to unfold vile accusations against the Ghana Government.
“We urge all patriotic Africans, including Ghanaian patriots, to not fall into the trap of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news that are intended to divide our societies and undermine our unity of purpose,” the statement said.
It said whereas the member states of the Initiative admire the partnerships they share with the worldwide community, both on a person foundation or collectively, the sorts of help envisaged under the Accra Initiative wouldn’t lengthen to the involvement of international troops.
It said Mr James Heappey, the British Minister for the Armed Forces, clarified the position in an interview he granted the BBC World Service.
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