The Chinese Ambassador to The Gambia, His Excellency Zhang Jiming, Thursday Presented his Letter of Credentials to the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, at her office at State House.
Ambassador Jiming, who was accorded a formal befitting diplomatic welcome before presenting his credentials, told waiting reporters that the Chinese government attaches great importance to its relationship with The Gambia and that the bilateral relations between the two countries are now at a dynamic moment of development. He further described the day as special and historic in the relations between the two countries.
“I take this opportunity to convey the cordial greetings and the best wishes from His Excellency President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China to Her Excellency and to show to His Excellency of The Gambia and, also I extend the best regard from the government and the people of China and to the government and people of The Gambia.”
Ambassador Jiming also disclosed that The Gambia and China have exchanged views with progress made since March this year, citing specifically the diplomatic cooperation in which both countries are satisfied with and also the made progress over the past few months.
“We all agree that the resumption of our bilateral relations serve the fundamental and long interest of our both countries,” he said. “We all noted that there is a long running deep friendship between our two countries.”
He further stated that the mutual understanding between the two countries in broad-range of areas has been launched and are in progress. The people-to-people exchanges within the two countries, he said are equally diverse and lively. “So overall, we have all confidence in the potential and bright future of our bilateral relations and we are working for our relations to grow from strength to strength.”
The Chinese Ambassador explicitly outlined the close concerted efforts by the two countries, noting that they both have finished intergovernmental agreement on the official launching of an international conference centre project.
He said the Gambian Foreign Minister, Hon. Neneh Macdoull-Gaye and himself, have signed and exchanged the letters constituting an agreement for launching the international centre project. He hinted that the next stage of the project would go off, which he described as the first bilateral cooperation between the countries since March.
by Bekai Njie