Foreign Affairs Ministry denies deploying UK special forces to Ghana

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has rubbished the statement claiming that some 300 United Kingdom (UK) special forces will be coming to Ghana to support the Accra Initiative.

This comes after the publication in the British newspaper, the Telegraph, which reported on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, that Britain has been in engagement with Ghana to send special forces to the country after it was forced to withdraw from its peacekeeping mission in Mali.

In a statement released on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration announced that the publication in the Telegraph is false.

“The Government of Ghana has no interactions with the UK Government aimed at deploying UK soldiers to Ghana for purposes of operations as described in the story,” the statement clarified.

The Ministry further explained that the Accra Initiative rather aims to prevent spillover terrorism from the Sahel and to address transnational organized crime within the common border areas of member states.

“The presence of the UK Minister for the Armed Forces in Accra was to participate in the Accra Initiative Conference on 21st and 22nd November 2022” The release added.

The Accra Initiative is a cooperative and collaborative security mechanism launched in 2017 under the leadership of the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo with this colleague from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire and Togo. The current members of the Initiative are Togo, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, and Niger.

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