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Ghana seeks assistance for its armed forces – Akufo-Addo to US Vice President

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed gratitude to Vice President of the United States of America (USA), Kamala Harris, for the US government’s support for Ghana.

He emphasized that Ghana and the United States share a lot of the same commitments.

He said this on Thursday, September 23, 2021, during bilateral talks with Mrs. Harris at the White House, with the goal of strengthening the bilateral connections of cooperation and friendship.

“We want to grow our country as a democracy, where freedom, respect for human rights, and the rule of law are central to our governing system,” he stated.

While thanking the United States for its assistance in combating the epidemic in Ghana, he stated that the “other big worry for us is the co-operation that we have to put together to battle the Jihadist insurgency in the Sahel.”

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He believes it is an area in which the US government should be involved.

“We are seeking assistance so that our armed forces and intelligence services in our country can be in better situations. Many of those heading Jihadist insurgencies in West Africa are Iraqis who fled after being thrown out of the country, therefore I believe there is information here that can help us trace down and deal with these individuals,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo expressed optimism that Ghana and the United States will continue to “advance our mutual causes” and “strengthen our bilateral relations” in the coming years.

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has told President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana that the United States will shortly donate 1.3 million Pfizer vaccines to Ghana.

This is on top of the 1.2 million Moderna vaccinations Ghana received from the United States on September 4, 2021.

Vice President Harris stated this on Thursday, September 23, 2021, during bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo at the White House, with the goal of strengthening the bilateral bonds of cooperation and friendship.

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Addressing a press conference, prior to the holding of a closed-door meeting between the pair and their delegations, the American Vice President indicated Ghana and the United States share a commitment to global health and to minimise the effects of COVID-19.

“None of us have been immune from the ravages of the pandemic. We recognize our shared responsibility to collaborate, to share resources, to not only continue to address the effects of COVID-19, but also to prepare for the next pandemics,” she said.

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She continued, “The United States is proud to be a member of COVAX and the African Union, and has donated more than 1.2 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Ghana. I am proud to announce that, shortly, we will send 1.3 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.”

Welcoming President Akufo-Addo to the White House, Mrs. Harris indicated that the meeting with the Ghanaian President “is a reaffirmation of the strength of the relationship between the United States and Ghana, and of course we have deep in historical ties or official bilateral relationship began in 1957.”

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Commending President Akufo-Addo for the handling of Ghana’s economy, she stated that “American companies continue to ramp up in Ghana, understanding the significance of the work that they do there to America’s economy much less to the partnership between Ghana and the United States.”

She continued, “And they do this also because we are confident in the Government of Ghana and the environment, Mr. President, that you have created, which allows for some confidence in the respect and upholding of the rule of law and human rights. And so, with all of that, we look forward to continue to work together.”


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