Mahama: Africa Needs A Force Against Islamist Militants.
President Mahama is calling for the setting up of an African Rapid Reaction Force to fight Islamist militants in Africa.
Although Ghana has not been directly affected by the activities of these insurgents, President Mahama noted that militant activities if not addressed have the ability to destabilize African Countries including Ghana hence the need to act swiftly.
“The Sahelian region, including what happened in Mali, have become an attractive foothold for insurgents and if we allow that foothold to consolidate then it could affect the stability of the entire region.
I don’t think any country is safe if that insurgency is allowed to hold.”
President John Dramani Mahama is meanwhile leaving Paris on Thursday for the Japanese city of Yokohama to attend the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
The June 1 to 3 Conference is bringing together a number of African leaders as Japan promotes dialogue and mobilizes support for Africa’s development initiatives.
Launched in 1993, TICAD has evolved into a major global framework for the facilitation of initiatives promoting African development under the “dual principle of African ownership and international partnership”.
Accompanying the President is his wife, Lordina, who will join other First Ladies in a number of programmes including a symposium on HIV & AIDS and eliminating Mother to Child Transmission.
Finance Minister Seth Terkper and Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh are also expected to join the President in Yokohama.