The ambassador of the United States of America on Thursday afternoon met with the First Lady of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia at her office at State House, Banjul.
His Excellency Patricia Alsup was at the State House to congratulate Her Excellency Madam Zineb Jammeh on the successful staging of the Operation Save the Children Foundation (OSCF) grand fundraising gala dinner held last Wednesday at the State House grounds.
The event was held under the distinguished patronage of Her Royal Highness, Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein, spouse of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir of Dubai.
Held at the State House in Banjul, the spectacular event, according to many, was one of the best gala dinners as it was organised to international standard. The Vice President and some cabinet ministers including private and public institutions also attended the event.
The event was meant to raise funds for the expansion of the pediatric and maternity wards of the Serekunda General Hospital which are very crucial to the realisation of the objectives of the health services programme of the OSCF strategic plan.
Thursday’s meeting also availed the US ambassador the opportunity to discuss possible collaboration between her Embassy and the First Lady’s Foundation.
Speaking to First Lady’s press corps shortly after their meeting, Ambassador Alsup said: “I am here to congratulate the First Lady. I think she is setting a wonderful example of giving, a spirit of voluntarism. I also wanted to share with her some of the things we are doing that I think complement the thing she is doing.”
She affirmed her office’s commitment to closely work with the First Lady’s Foundation in improving health, education, and women empowerment. She commended the First Lady for the warm reception accorded to her during her visit.
by Alieu Ceesay