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Ghana-US Military Agreement (FULL VERSION)

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Parliament ratified a military cooperation agreement between Ghana and the United States of America ( USA) on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. We publish the full version of the agreement.

Republic of Ghana

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
SCR.GH/USA/RELS

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America and with reference to the latter’s Diplomatic Note NO. 2015-0990 of 5th February, 2015, has the honour to convey the approval of the Government of Ghana for the deployment of US Marines and Military Aircraft in Accra, for a period of five weeks and within the framework of the terms stipulated in the Note.

Furthermore, the carrying of weapons by the personnel of the above-mentioned Force is to be restricted to their duty posts and training areas only.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United States of America the assurances of its highest consideration.

Accra, 20th March, 2015

The Embassy of the United
States of America
Accra

March 2015
HA.153/581/02F

Re: US Request to deploy marine forces and military aircraft in Accra

1. The above mentioned request received through your letter SCR.GJ/USA/RELS dated 12th February, 2015 refers.

2. I have the pleasure to inform you that, the Ministry of Defence has no objection to the intended deployment of US Marines and military aircraft in Accra as described in the US Note Verbale attached to the letter at reference.

3. It is however suggested that:

a. All operations by the mentioned Force be within the framework of the agreement reached earlier.

b. After their initial deployment, all operations by the mentioned Force be communicated to the Ghana Armed Forces.

c. The carrying of weapons by the personnel of the mentioned Force be restricted to their duty posts and training areas only.

4. I take this opportunity to renew to you the assurances of our highest consideration.

Alex Segbefia
Deputy Minister for Defence
For Minister for Defence

The Hon Minister
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
And Regional Integration
Accra

CC: The Chief of Staff
Office of the President
Flagstaff House
Kanda – Accra

The National Security Coordinator
National Security Council Secretariat
Castle Annex
Accra

Agreement Between The Government of the United States of America And The Government of the Republic of Ghana On Defence Cooperation, The status of United States Forces, And Access to and use of agreed facilities and areas In the Republic of Ghana

Preamble

The Government of the United States of America (hereinafter “the United States”) and the Government of the Republic of Ghana (hereinafter “Ghana”), hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Parties” and singularly as a “Party.”

Desiring to conclude an agreement contributing to enhanced security cooperation between the Parties, and recognising that such cooperation is based on full respect for the sovereignty of each Party;

Reaffirming the strong defence relationship between the Parties based on a shared commitment to peace and stability and common approaches to addressing regional defence and security issues;

Reaffirming the recent dialogue between the Presidents of the United States and Ghana on the importance of the bilateral defence relationship; and
Considering that, by arrangement between the United States and Ghana, United States forces may be present in Ghana in pursuit of common defence efforts, as well as to provide support to the security of United States Government personnel and facilities in the regions; and

Recalling the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement between the Government of the United States of America, Represented by the United States Department of Defence, and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, Represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, signed at Stuttgart on April 13 and Accra on April 28, 2015 and entered into force April 28, 2015;

Have agreed as follows: