Gambia’s ambassadors to Malaysia and to the African Union have presented their letters of credence to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and to the Chairman of the African Union Commission.
Ambassador Ramzia Diab presented her credence to Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan in Kuala Lumpur and Ambassador Sulayman Alieu Jack presented his credence to Moussa Faki in Addis Ababa.
Malaysia backed Gambia’s hosting of the next meeting of Islamic world leaders and has promised to help the West African nation. Relations have been friendly and warm between the two nations.
In 1974, The Gambia was willing to sell its groundnut oil to Malaysia in exchange for palm oil and in 1991 Gambia started to seeking Malaysian aid to boost its rice production.
A good number of Gambians are studying in Malaysia and its government has encouraged companies from The Gambia to explore possible collaboration and joint ventures.
The Gambia, which has common, customary and Islamic laws also sought the support of Malaysian authorities to provide technical support to in a bid to strengthen the country’s Sharia’h court system.
In Ethiopia, Sulayman Alieu Jack had a meeting with Gambian residents in the Eastern African nation. The African Union, which has its human rights commission in Banjul backed new leader Adama Barrow after ex-President Yahya Jammeh refused to step down.
The Union warned of serious consequences in the event that Jammeh’s action causes any crisis that could lead to political disorder, humanitarian and human rights disaster, including loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties.
The African Union approved the use of military intervention to enforce the outcome of the elections. AU recognized Barrow and said it would not recognize Jammeh after his mandate expired on January 19.
In the past, the AU has often talked tough but backed away from any action that might lead to further conflict. However, international pressure, including the AU’s position made Jammeh realized he had no backing.
Jack expressed President Adama Barrow’s greatest regards to the AU chairperson, thanked them for their support during the transition and political logjam and renewed Gambia’s commitment towards realizing the objectives of the continental body.