Gambia’s President Adama Barrow received three ambassadors on Tuesday, who presented their letters of credence to the country’s leader.
President Barrow met with ambassadors from Kuwait, Mauritania, and Nigeria, who communicated greetings from their leaders and extended their wishes for continued progress and prosperity for the Gambian people.
“President Barrow called on each of the diplomats to build on the progress that their predecessors had made in constructive bilateral cooperation towards the mutual benefit of their citizens and the Gambian people,” said State House Press Secretary, Amie Bojang-Sissoho.
“He said an ambassadorial presence was evidence of the strong ties that The Gambia enjoyed with the three countries. President Barrow assured the envoys of his support to ensure that they have successful terms in office.”
Kuwait is backing The Gambia in hosting the meeting of Muslim world leaders in two years. The Gulf nation has been a financial supporter of the Gambia for decades.
The new Kuwaiti Ambassador to The Gambia, His Excellency Mr. Saleh Ali Al Saqabi, said Kuwait will strengthen its relationship with The Gambia in various areas to help it consolidate democracy.
The new Mauritanian Ambassador, His Excellency, El Hacen Mohamed Awan, conveyed President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s eagerness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
Mauritania’s President Mohammed Ould Abdul Aziz play a leading role mediating for former President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully desert power and hand over to Mr. Barrow.
Mauritania has denied hosting military deserters from Gambia’s Army, who are said to be camping in Mauritania and plotting to destabilize the country.
Mauritanians are some of the leading small business owners in The Gambia, playing a key role in the country’s economic standing. President Adama Barrow has called them “a law-abiding people.”
Nigeria’s new Ambassador to The Gambia, Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe congratulated President Barrow for the security sector reform being undertaken and assured him of Nigeria’s support.
Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari demanded Jammeh’s departure and his military joined Senegal in taking the lead to enforce the outcome of the Gambia’s election results, forcing Jammeh to flee.
Nigerian troops are part of West African forces now protecting Mr. Barrow. He conveyed his personal best wishes to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Gambia is emerging from decades of diplomatic isolation. President Barrow is reversing most of Jammeh’s foreign policy decisions, returning the country to the International Criminal Court and the Commonwealth.