Ghana Will Not Offer Military Base To US, Says President Addo
Ghana will not sign an agreement with Washington to set up a military base, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Thursday.
The president confirmed in a television address that the two countries would ink a defence cooperation agreement, but was emphatic that "Ghana has not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America".
His comments come after hundreds of people took to the streets of Accra, Ghana's capital, last Wednesday to protest against a controversial military deal with Washington which was passed by parliament last week.
The protesters have served notice they would take the demonstration to other parts of the country if the president signed the deal.
Critics say the agreement undermines the country's sovereignty.
Ghana and the US are working to forge closer ties between their armed forces but both have denied rumours that Washington is planning to set up military bases in the West African nation.
"The United States of America has not made any request for such consideration and, consistent with our established foreign policy, we will not consider any such request," he said.
"I will never be the president that will compromise or sell the sovereignty of our country. I respect deeply the memory of the great patriots whose sacrifice and toil brought about our independence and freedom," Akufo-Addo assured Ghanaians.