General News of Thu, 6 Sep 201813
GAF receive training to strengthen Israel-Ghana military cooperation
About 25 commanders from the Ghana Armed Forces’ 64 Regiment Special Unit have successfully gone through a three-day special Counter-Terrorism Training by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).
This was a special collaboration between Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Led by a team of seven officers from the IDF, the GAF commanders received training in the areas of shooting ranges, Krav maga (an Israeli self-defence and fighting system), and skills building for dealing with hostage situations.
At the closing ceremony on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the participants were awarded with certificates of appreciation and participation.
The team also exhibited a practical demonstration of the acquired skills to Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, Ghana’s Minister of Defence, Air Commodore Wayoe, the Chief of Defence Staff, Col. Ako Adjei Deputy Director, and H. E. Shani Cooper, State of Israel’s Ambassador-designate to Ghana.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, H. E. Shani Cooper expressed delight in the military cooperation between the State of Israel and the Republic of Ghana, and stressed on more future military cooperation to strengthen relations between Israel and Ghana.
“It is evident that the State of Israel and the Republic of Ghana have similar challenges and we hope there will be more opportunities to exchange ideas in our military cooperation,” she said.
Hon. Dominic Nitiwul also emphasized on the need to strengthen military cooperation between Israel and Ghana.
“The fight against terrorism has become a global issue that requires well-trained security forces to fight the menace. This collaborative training between the Ghana Armed forces and the Israeli Defence Force is a step in the right direction which adds to our efforts to ensure our preparedness and capacity building.”
He, therefore, expressed his appreciation to the State of Israel and the Israeli Defence Force for their initiative to share their vast experience in counter-terrorism with Ghana.
Meanwhile, Col Aviezer Segal, the Israeli Military Defence Attache’ to Africa, shared that, the Israeli Ministry of Defence is ready to collaborate with Ghana’s Ghana Ministry of Defence to share expertise.
“Throughout the years, Israel addressed its threats by maintaining its technological superiority supported by world leading defence industries and training methods. I hope this training will bring the two countries to more cooperation and collaborations in the world of defence, security, training and know each other better,” he added.