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Andrew Barnes Be 'open-minded' about US military deal: Australian High Commissioner urges Ghanaians

The agreement has sharply divided Ghanaians after it emerged the US military will have "unimpeded access" to "agreed facilities," runways and communications.

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The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana Andrew Barnes has called for "open mind" regarding the Ghana, US military cooperation deal.

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The agreement has sharply divided Ghanaians after it emerged the US military will have "unimpeded access" to "agreed facilities," runways and communications.

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday delivered a lengthy criticism of the position taken by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the matter, describing its leading figures as "reckless self-seekers" who seek to "destabilize our peaceful country."

Commenting on the military agreement in an interview with Ghanaweb, ambassador Barnes said many countries have similar agreements with other nations.

"International co-operation is very important," he said, adding: "so is military co-operation, I will, therefore, encourage people to be open-minded, to appreciate and understand the benefit to both countries and in fact all countries for having close co-operation in this sort of matters."

President Akufo-Addo, in his address, assured the nation that the agreement does not give the US a military base, a position the NDC has been making.

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He also parried claims that he has sold the sovereignty of Ghana for $20.

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