Gambia’s President Adama Barrow flew to Liberia to thank President and Chair of the regional bloc ECOWAS, Mrs. Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf for her leadership in ending a turmoil that nearly derailed the country into civil war.
Johnson-Sirleaf and ECOWAS gave Mr. Barrow strong ECOWAS military and political backing to compel defeated former president Yahya Jammeh out of office.
Upon his arrival to Monrovia, Barrow was symbolically presented with the key to the City by local government authorities.
Barrow also met with Ambassadors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Boulevard Palace Hotel.
At 12 noon, the Gambian President, a devout Muslim, attended Friday prayers at the Gurley Street Mosque following which he with President Sirleaf at her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for brief tête-a-tête.
President Johnson-Sirleaf thanked the Gambian leader for the visit and prayed for God’s bountiful blessing upon him and the people of The Gambia.
In brief remarks, President Barrow said he was pleased to be in Liberia to appreciate the Liberian leader, who as current Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS rallied the Member States to peacefully resolve the political impasse, which followed the December 1, 2016, elections that led to the defeat of Mr. Jammeh.
“I came here to say a very big thank you to Madam President,” the Gambian leader said.
President Barrow acknowledged the issue of job creation for Gambians that are leaving the country and traveling on a dangerous journey from Africa to Europe in search of greener pasture and pledged to work with international partners to curb the menace.