Diplomats accredited to The Gambia, including representative Governments and international organisations like the European Union, African Union, ECOWAS, and United Nations among others Tuesday vowed to work with The Gambia Government to surmount challenges by bringing in development aid, during a meeting with His Excellency President
The President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow, welcomed the diplomats and expressed delight over their coming to his office. He thanked them for supporting the country during the difficult transition period, noting that The Gambia needs their support to continue development projects.
President Barrow said he wants the country to be part of international organisations, respect all protocols and rejoin the Commonwealth and the International Criminal Court (ICC). He extended gratitude to the Senegalese Government for hosting him for two weeks.
Speaking on behalf of the diplomatic community, His Excellency Mohammad Naser Alkabir, the Dean of the Diplomatic Community in The Gambia, said: “Development partner group that strengthens development will work with the Government to overcome challenges by bringing in development aid.”
He said the meeting demonstrated a new beginning in relations between their countries and The Gambia. He commended The Gambia Government for opening space in engaging with the diplomatic community.
Ambassador Alkabir said they were at the presidency to congratulate President Barrow on his historic election victory which was peaceful, transparent and ushered in a new era of democracy and development in the country. He also extended felicitation to Gambians for maintaining peace during the transition period.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Hon Ousainou Darboe, welcomed and thanked the diplomats for coming. He described them as valuable partners who would help the country overcome its challenges. He praised the diplomatic community, particularly Senegal for standing with the country during the difficult transition period. Hon Darboe said the Government will work toward ensuring that relations are moved from strength to strength.
He said his Ministry and the Ministry of Justice will work to ensuring that the rule of law would be upheld in all the activities with the Government. He said they will look at Section 18 of the Constitution that deals with capital offense to see whether it will be repealed,
while pledging that the country’s law will be in line with international law.
By Saikou Ceesay, Press Officer