First batch of Ghanaian troops leave for Mali
The contingent numbering 30 from the 48 Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces embarked on a parade ahead of their trip to Bamako.
Speaking to the contingent on parade, Real Admiral Mathew Quarshie said the battalion is expected to assist in the reconstruction of buildings and bridges in Mali where three weeks of military campaign by French-led forces had driven rebels from their positions in the of the country with towns such as Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal recaptured from the retreating Islamists.
According to him, the Ghanaian contingent was expected to join other African troops involved in ending the occupation of northern Mali by the militants.
Admiral Quarshie announced that another 30 troops would leave on Tuesday while the last batch is due to leave on Friday for Bamako.
The British High Commissioner in Ghana, Peter Jones said Britain was supporting the African force with logistics.
He said his country regards the Islamic militants in northern Mali as a threat to the security of not only the region but the world.