The president said the hosting of the two posed no danger to Ghanaians, adding that America itself did an assessment and gave Ghana their risk category which he said was the lowest.

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Mahama stated this when he met the media at his annual press conference at the presidency to throw more light on developments in the country over the past year.

“As Commander in Chief, the safety and security of this country is of concern to me than probably anybody [and] I will not take any decision that will jeopardize the security of this country. We decided that we would do an assessment,” the Ghanaian president insisted.

There has been public outcry over government of Ghana’s decision to play host to Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, two ex-detainees from American-operated detainee camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with many arguing that the country risked attacks from terrorist organizations.

Answering questions from the media as part of his third anniversary, Mahama also denied claims by Ghanaians there were monetary considerations in Ghana’s decision.

“There is no monetary consideration and the U.S. itself would have disclosed if there was any monetary consideration,” the president added.

He explained that, on receiving the request from the American government, “we said we will appraise it and, based on the appraisal, the decision was reached after extensive consultation held both internally and externally”.

“Our own national security visited the camp several times and conducted extensive assessment and interview of these detainees before they were brought here,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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