Brigadier General Sammy Akoful, Director-General of the International Peace Support Operations (IPSO) of the Ghana Armed Forces, on Saturday hailed the long cooperation between Ghana and the United Kingdom.
He said the cooperation, especially on the military front, dated back to the days of the Second World War where Ghanaian troops fought alongside their English counterparts and the 1980s when the jungle training exchange programme saw soldiers from the UK coming to Ghana to learn to adapt to the jungle terrain.
Brigadier-General Akorful said this at farewell ceremony held at the Airforce base in Accra for the crew of the Royal Airforce who have been in Ghana for the past week to airlift troops and equipment to Bamako-Mali.
He said the contribution of the British Airforce was of strategic importance and would help to ensure peace in the sub-region.
Brigadier-General Akorful said the contribution of the British Airforce was of strategic importance and would help to ensure peace in the sub-region.
He thanked them for their support and perseverance throughout the exercise and expressed the hope that they had learned something good from their Ghanaian counterparts and vice versa.
Brigadier-General Akorful presented a plaque to them saying it should be a reminder of the friendship that exist between the militaries of Ghana and the UK.
Squadron Leader Tom Walker, who led the team, also thanked the Director-General and the Ghanaian troops for their support during the exercise which helped to make their work easier.
They all expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise. The crew is due to fly back home on Sunday after successfully airlifting the 120 men and officers from the engineers regiment and their equipment to Bamako-Mali. GNA