Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has denied media reports suggesting a supposed partnership between the UK and Ghana on third-country asylum, as part of cooperation between the two countries on security and migration.
“The Ministry wishes to categorically state that Ghana has no interest or intention to consider any proposed partnership on Third Country Asylum,” a statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said on Wednesday.
This comes on the back of a report by Sky News UK on the content of a Virtual Meeting the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey held with the UK Minister for Africa, Rt. Hon James Duddridge.
Ghana’s Foreign Affairs ministry in its statement said: The news story by Lisa Holland, Sky News Communities Correspondent, is based on a vaguely worded tweet on the meeting on the Foreign Ministry’s Twitter Handle, which mentioned a supposed partnership between the UK and Ghana on third-country asylum, as part of cooperation between the two countries on security and migration.
It continued: “Eventhough the Ghana High Commission in London explained to the journalist that her insistence on proceeding on the basis of a tweet, which did not capture the essence of the discussion, would amount to misrepresentation, Sky News proceeded with the story.”
After evacuating thousands of refugees from Afghanistan and an influx of thousands of migrants crossing the Channel illegally in small boats there is increasing pressure on the UK government to fix what is already called its “broken asylum system”.
Following many arrivals, there are concerns about the pressure on finding accommodation for new arrivals – said in a letter by the UK’s Immigration Minister Kevin Foster to MPs looking into immigration facilities.
Source: Ghana/Kasapafmonline.com/102.5 Fm