President Adama Barrow heads to United Nations to meet with world leaders, where he will address them and rally them to support his country.
For the first time, he will attend the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, which brings together leaders of the 193 member nations for a week of meetings and speeches.
It is Mr. Barrow’s debut at the institution that has supported him and backed a regional military intervention to bring him to power.
The UN last week committed itself to supporting the Barrow administration’s effort to reform the West African nation’s military after two decades of autocratic rule.
Former President Yahya Jammeh has used the UN platform to bash Western nations and threaten homosexuals, but Barrow is expected to use his speech to call for more support for his country and retake its position as Africa’s champion of democracy and human rights.
Also addressing the UN for the first time is U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump will be promoting his “America First” agenda, and he has called for slashing U.S. financial contributions to the U.N.
Many world leaders are excited to hear from President Barrow, the man whose country ousted a dictator without a bullet being fired and his win seen as a victory for democracy.
But the same leaders are anxious — not just about global national security challenges, but about Trump himself, who is expected to have harsh words of the U.N. and to call for stronger action against North Korea.
While in New York, President Adama Barrow and his delegation will engage in multiple missions rallying support for the nation and signing new bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Barrow defeated Jammeh in the December 2016 elections. Jammeh refused to step aside calling for fresh polls. Regional troops forced him to flee to Equatorial Guinea, where he is given a safe haven by President Theodore Obiang.