A Foreign Diplomat has tipped The Gambia to soon attain its goals in the health sector by providing access to universal health coverage for every citizen as enshrined in the National Health Policy 2012-2020.
His Excellency Ergin Soner, the Turkish Ambassador to The Gambia, was speaking last week during the handing over of medical equipment worth millions of Dalasi to the Government of The Gambia in Kotu, West Coast Region.
“From my experience and knowledge in The Gambia, I would like to point out that The Gambia will surely attain its goals in the health sector very soon,“ he said.
Ambassador Soner reaffirmed the Turkish Government’s commitment to continue to contribute to the Gambia’s development goals both in the scope of capacity building trainings and other material or equipment donations.
He also commended the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), for providing the equipment, the Government of Turkey and the Gambian Ministry of Health for their close collaboration.
July 15 Foiled Coup
The Turkish Diplomat also used the opportunity to renew his Government’s sincere appreciation to The Gambia Government for being among the first to condemn the July 15 foiled coup in his county.
“As you all know, on the night of July 15, a coup plot was staged by terrorists against the democratically elected government of Turkey and its legitimate President.”
The coup, according to Ambassador Soner, was masterminded by the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation, a group inspired by Fethulah Gulen, founder of the Hizmet Movement, who is on self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, United States.
“This act of treason was not embraced by our nation and was ultimately defeated by the Turkish state, through its resolve and fight, acting together with its people and ever determined and loyal security forces,” he added.
“However, this kind of unfortunate developments will never deter Turkey from continuing her efforts to further contribute to sisterly Gambia’s development endeavors. The bilateral relations between Turkey and The Gambia have been cordial and friendly over the past years and today.”
On Monday, more than one million Turks, from all parts of the political divide, gathered in Istanbul to demonstrate against the coup and further demonstrate support for the leadership of the country headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow & Binta Jammeh