More new ambassadors accredited to The Gambia continue to present their letters of credence to the President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa at State House in Banjul.
The latest batch of diplomats whose credentials were accepted by The Gambia were the ambassadors of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, His Excellency Boualam Hacene; Arab Republic of Egypt, His Excellency Moustapha Mahmoud Moustapha Moustapha Elkouny; Republic of Italy, His Excellency, Franscesco Paolo Venier, and Republic of Guinea Conakry, His Excellency Dr Mamadou Beau Keita.
Ambassador Hacene disclosed to the waiting press that his discussions with the Gambian leader focused on various issues pertaining to Africa.
“First of all I would like to inform you that I have presented my letters of credence to His Excellency, the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and I have delivered to him salutations from his brother the President of Algeria,” he told reporters.
According to him, apart from the other continental crisis issues discussed with the Gambian leader, they also talked about the relationship pertaining to social, economic and higher education among others.
The Egyptian Ambassador for his part said Gambia-Egypt relations are not just strategic but also historic. “And we are ready to strengthen these relations in favour of our people and our two brotherly countries. We have a lot of cooperation with Gambia in many fields including the diplomatic field and all of this cooperation like I told you are a sample of close relationship. The President and I discussed various issues and it was very fruitful and I am very pleased to meet with him [President Jammeh], I learned a lot from the meeting and it is an honour for me to have discussion with him today and to present my credentials. When I talk about Gambia for me it is my second home and it is very close to us not only at official level but even for the population of Egypt,” he said.
“We went through everything that characterised the relationship between Italy and Gambia,” he said, noting that his discussion with the Gambian leader also focused on capacity building, migration, agriculture, fisheries and security.
He said the President himself mentioned the opportunities of increase in economic collaboration. “I mentioned to the President, the fact that, being one of the founding and active members of the European Union, Italy supports every kind of initiative that the European Union can take and the European Union is a strong partner of Africa in general. To this respect I mentioned that Italy was very engaged in supporting the adoption of one project which is worth US$11M that was taken within the framework of the Lavallette initiative for the root causes of migration and I hope that this project will take place very soon. There are many things that have been discussed with the President,” he added.
The Guinean Ambassador also presented his letters of credence to the President and had this to tell reporters shortly after his audience with the Gambian leader: “I thank you for the opportunity to talk to you [press]. I just presented my letters of credence to His Excellency the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and I am very pleased to meet President Jammeh.”
According to him, the relationship between Gambia and Guinea dates back to many years and he expressed hope that this will continue to grow.
He also disclosed plans for his President’s visit to The Gambia soon.
by Musa Ndow