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I don’t know if Al-Qaeda members are in Ghana – Akufo-Addo on terrorism

President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that he is unaware of whether or not Ghana is home to terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda.

During a joint press conference held at the Jubilee House on Monday with visiting Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, President Akufo-Addo responded to a question posed by a reporter from the New York Times by stating that even though there is the possibility of terrorist groups in Ghana, he has no information about members of Al-Qaeda in Ghana.

“Is there an Al Qaeda group operating in Ghana? I really have no idea. In a purely official sense, we do not possess any information to that effect.

It is possible that there are cells and other individuals already present in the country; however, these are issues that the security agencies are very much on top of, and we are hoping that there will be no presence of Al-Qaeda in Ghana. He went on to say that Ghana is intent on resolving its own internal security issues without outside assistance.

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According to what he had to say, “We want to be in a position to resolve our own security problems ourselves as much as possible without the intervention of foreign troops.”

In the meantime, Kamala Harris has given her word that the United States will advocate on Ghana’s behalf with the Paris Club in an effort to have the country’s debts forgiven as part of the balance of payments support provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mrs. Harris claims that the United States of America will provide Ghana with all of the support it requires to ensure that the country emerges from its current economic crisis.

“We applaud Ghana for its commitment to transforming its economy in order to achieve inclusive and long-term growth. We are behind Ghana’s efforts to engage with the International Monetary Fund, and we will keep putting pressure on all bilateral creditors to provide meaningful debt relief for nations that are in need of it.

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