- The US Embassy in Ghana has repeated clarifications regarding reports that the country wants to build a military base in Ghana
- It says the recent deal is only a framework to govern both government's responsibilities in ongoing security operations
- The US Embassy says it has similar deals with other countries around the world
The United States diplomatic mission in Ghana has repeated its clarification regarding reports stating that that country has requested the right to establish a military base for US Armed Forces in Ghana.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018, The United States Embassy in Ghana reiterated that the United States has completely no intention to seek the right to establish a military base of operations in Ghana.
According to the US Embassy's statement, the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) the United States Government has with the Government of Ghana is "the legal framework to govern the ongoing security cooperation" between Ghana and the US.
News of the US Government's agreement has since cause considerable uproar with Ghanaians since it went to parliament on Friday, March 23rd. A group calling itself the Ghana First Patriotic Front (GFPF) has since mobilized and staged a public protest against the deal's ratification.
Read the US Embassy's statement below:
The U.S. Embassy underscores that the United States has not requested, nor does it intend to request, the establishment of a military base in Ghana or the permanent presence of U.S. troops in Ghana. Reports alleging otherwise are inaccurate and misleading.
The Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana is not a base agreement.
It is the legal framework to govern the ongoing security cooperation between our two sovereign countries; our security cooperation spans more than 20 years and has included numerous bilateral and multilateral training activities in Ghana.
The United States has a significant number of DCAs with countries around the world, including European, Asian and African partners.
The Defense Cooperation Agreement does not give the U.S. military the right to enter Ghana without permission from the Government of Ghana. Instead, the DCA addresses the rights and responsibilities of both nations when the U.S. military is present in Ghana, with permission from the Government of Ghana, and for purposes that the Government of Ghana decides are appropriate.
Furthermore, the principle of reciprocity observed between our two nations applies to provisions such as immunity and shipments. By establishing this expanded legal framework between our two countries, we underscore our respect for Ghana’s sovereignty as we seek to strengthen our cooperation on regional and global issues.
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