Sierra Leone’s president has said the Gambia can rely on his nation’s support and cooperation two months after the ouster of longtime authoritarian ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is on a state visit to Sierra Leone, whose leader, Ernest Bai Koromo was among West African leaders that led talks to avert civil war in the Gambia over former president, Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to cede power.
It is President Barrow’s first visit to a West African nation outside the SeneGambia region since he came to power in late January with the help of West African leaders.
West African troops were deployed to oust Jammeh, who first conceded defeat but then rejected the results a week later sparking a political standoff.
Koroma entreated Barrow to always call on Sierra Leone for support despite the challenges. He congratulated Mr. Barrow on his victory and urged him to strengthen democracy.
Jammeh had donated half a million dollars to Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and received an award recognizing his outstanding contribution.
Gambia has been home to tens of thousands of Sierra Leonean refugees during its decade-long war that killed more than 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.5 million people.
The two West African leaders say they will strengthen the close bilateral relations between the two countries and expressed the need to continue to uphold democratic tenets.