UK’s Minister of Armed Forces visits Ghana as part of regional tour

The UK’s Minister of Armed Forces Mr James Heappey arrived in Accra on Tuesday 9th March 2021 for a three day visit to Ghana

Mr Heappey’s visit forms part of a short tour of the West African region

Touching down Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said: “Ghana is a vital security partner and the UK greatly values our relationship. It is also a beacon of stability in West Africa and there is so much which our two countries share – from values like promoting democracy and multilateralism, to tackling threats like terrorism, extremism and organised crime.

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“That is why it is crucial that we continue to work together hand-in-hand to tackle these problems and defend our way of life, and the UK looks forward to expanding and deepening our cooperation going forward.”

The long-term stability of the Sahel continues to be a focus for the UK government and to highlight the UK’s commitment to the UK-Ghana security partnership Minister Heappey will meet His Excellency Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Honourable Minister for National Security Albert Kan-Dapaah and the Honourable Minister for Defence Dominic Aduna Bingab Nitiwul.

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They will discuss regional security issues affecting Ghana including piracy, illegal smuggling, and threats to the country’s Northern border.

British High Commissioner to Ghana Iain Walker said: “Ghana remains one of the UK’s closest security allies in West Africa and despite COVID-19 the country’s focus on peace and security has only strengthened.

“Minister Heappey visit comes as our nations work together to deliver counter-terrorism training and explosive hazard awareness Instructor training. It is examples like this that show the strength and longevity of our security partnership, ensuring that Ghana remains a centre of peace and security across the region.”

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During his visit Minister Heappey will also lay a wreath in memory of the fallen at the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG) Headquarters. He will also meet Commonwealth veterans who have already received the COVAX COVID-19 vaccine and hear their experience of being some of the first in Ghana to receive the vaccine.

Source: 3news


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