- The US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson is surprised that the GITMO 2 have been granted refugee status
- He however added that as a result of the expiration of the 2 year deal between Ghana and the US, the two are now free to determine where they wish to live
The United States (US) ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, has expressed surprise that the former Guantanamo Bay detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, have been granted refugee status.
The two Yemenis have been living in Ghana for two years now, and per the terms of the initial agreement, are no longer the responsibility of the US government.
The terms of the upkeep, YEN.com.gh has learnt, is solely between the government of Ghana and the detainees.
In a report by MyNewsGH.com, the ambassador, in an interaction with journalists at Tamale, noted that he was not informed the two were given refugee status, and that per the situation at the moment, there has to be discussion with the refugees under International Law, if the government of Ghana desires to relocate them.
He further noted that that notwithstanding, the US ensured the two suspects were given stipends and that a thorough screening was conducted to determine whether or not they were terrorists.
There have been calls for the two to be repatriated but Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey disclosed that government will, bring the agreement of their stay before parliament for ratification.