US denied establishing Military base in Ghana

Source:savannanews24/Azara Abdul Wahab:

The United States of America embassy in Ghana has denied setting up a military base in Ghana as been reported by the Ghanaian media. The Ghanaian media on March 20, 2018 reported that Ghana Government and United States had a Memorandum of Understanding on military operation that will will give the Americans some space in the Ghana to set up a camp for its military forces.

The media reported that, Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding on March 8, 2018, and recommended to Parliament to ratify the agreement to allow the US forces and their equipment unhindered access into Ghana.

In the MOU, the US military force is among other things to be exempted from paying tax on the equipment to be brought into Ghana.

The US will also be given the chance to set up its own telecommunication system, but will also be allowed to use Ghana’s radio spectrum free of charge.

However, a press release copied from the U.S. Embassy website, states that, United States has not requested, nor does it plan to establish a military base or bases in Ghana.

Read below the statement from the U.S. Embassy:

Statement on Status of Forces Agreement

In response to the story released by Joy News on March 20, 2018, the United States Embassy wishes to underscore that the United States has not requested, nor does it plan to establish a military base or bases in Ghana.

The current Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana is approximately 20 years old.  It does not cover the current range and volume of bilateral exercises and assistance.

This year, the United States of America is investing over $20 million in training and equipment for the Ghanaian armed forces. Ghana is also once again preparing to train U.S. forces – as it did in 2017.

The United States and Ghana are planning joint security exercises in 2018, which require access to Ghanaian bases by U.S. participants and those from other nations when included.

We refer all other questions to the Government of Ghana.

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