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Britain to airlift Ghanaian troops to Mali


16:25, February 04, 2013

ACCRA, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Britain announced here to airlift Ghanaian troops to Mali, the state-run Ghana News Agency (GNA) reported Sunday.

Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) of British Army General Sir David Richards made this known when he led a seven-member delegation from Britain to call on his Ghanaian counterpart, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay at Burma Camp in Accra at the weekend.

British Armed Forces was also examining how best to assist Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), in terms of training and equipment to deploy Ghana's troops to assist in restoring peace and security in the war torn Mali.

Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay said Ghana would have loved to commit more troops to aid in restoring peace in Mali, but because of its commitment to other United Nations Peace Support Operations around the globe, the country deployed a limited number.

He expressed appreciation to Gen Sir Richards and the British Armed Forces in general for the unflinching support to GAF.

Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay commended British Armed Forces for opting to provide the required training and equipment to GAF and to transport Ghanaians troops to deploy in Mali.

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