The Islamic Republic of The Gambia’s Ambassador to th ePeople’s Republic of China, His Excellency Dembo M. Badjie, yesterday presented his letters of credence to President Xi Jinping at the Beijing Hall.
Speaking to reporters shortly after his presentation, Ambassador Badjie emphasised that The Gambia believes in the principles of justice, mutual respect for the sovereignty of other states, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, genuine partnership for development and for peace and security in the world.
Therefore, he disclosed that during their discussions, President Xi expressed delight for resuming diplomatic ties with The Gambia.
He added that the Chinese President extended best wishes to the President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa, and as well extends his invitation to the Gambian leader to China to further deepen their diplomatic ties.
According to him, President Xi has promised his government’s full cooperation to work for the advancement of the two countries, and that China is ready to work and support the development of The Gambia.
Speaking further, Ambassador Badjie said the resumption of diplomatic relations between The Gambia and China gives them an opportunity to work towards the renewal of the bonds of friendship and cordial relationship which existed between The Gambia and China since 1974.
He described China as an important player in global affairs thus, “We recognise China’s significant contribution to sustainable development in Africa. Your country has demonstrated that it is not only the world’s most successful economy but the world’s greatest development partner to Africa.”
The Ambassador further indicated that the Government of The Gambia under the exemplary leadership of President Jammeh supports China’s efforts and commitment to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.
“It is hoped that all efforts will be aimed at resolving the differences and disputes in this issue through genuine dialogue. The Gambia stands ready to support China in her international aspirations including at the level of the United Nations and other forum,” he revealed.
The Gambia, under the visionary leadership of President Jammeh, he went on, has witnessed remarkable development strides which ushered in a new era of hope and prosperity for the country and her people. In this connection, sustainable development and food security have become priority attention of the Government of The Gambia.
He also mentioned the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment II as a key strategy of the development agenda of The Gambia government is being relentlessly pursued. “We, therefore, look forward to the support of friendly countries in this endeavour,” he said.
To consolidate the bilateral relationship between our two countries and to transform the dreams, hopes and desires of our people into reality, he humbly request that this renew diplomatic ties and friendship ushered in a new era of China-Gambia renaissance agenda based on a foundation of mutual understating, trust and confidence to forge ahead in partnership and corporation to the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.
About Ambassador Badjie
Ambassador Badjie is currently the Dean of The Gambia’s Diplomatic Service, and one of the longest serving public servants who has served nationally as permanent secretary for ten years, commissioner to several regions including North Bank, Lower River and West Coast.
Mr. Badjie also had a long-standing career in the diplomatic front in the old and new republic including postings in Belgium, United Nations, and six years in Sierra Leone and India respectively.
by Mariatou Ngum
in Beijing, China