General News of Monday, 1 August 2016
Ghana and Liberia have reached consensus to work closely together to combat terrorism and other security challenges with the sub-region.
According to President John Dramani Mahama, the two countries will share intelligence, and collaborate with their respective security agencies to achieve this goal.
“On the sub regional level, we have discussed issues of interest to do with security; that is working together in order that we can secure our sub-region against terrorism and other significant threats we face.”
“We endorse the meeting of our intelligence and security chiefs n order that we can improve intelligence sharing among ourselves,” President Mahama said during a joint press briefing in Accra when Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, paid a one day working visit to Ghana.
The two leaders, who also discussed issues on trade, security and sub-regional integration, used the meeting to advance bilateral relations between the two countries. Diplomatic relations between the two countries date back to Ghana’s independence and more recently, Ghana and post-civil-war Liberia have been working towards more fruitful relations as Ghana played a key role in ending the conflict in Liberia.
Following the talks, Ghana has also decided to offer technical support to Liberia in the power sector.
The two nations believe the Volta River Authority, GRIDCo and other companies in the power generation and distribution sector have vast experience in the area and could be of benefit to Liberia.