Yesterday was the second day of diplomatic engagement for His Excellency, President Adama Barrow at the State House. Ambassadors from the Kingdom of Denmark, Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Korea took turns to present their letters of credence to the President of Republic, marking the beginning of their official assignment to the Gambia.
In receiving the Danish envoy, President Barrow welcomed the renewal of relations between The Gambia and Denmark. He emphasizes his government’s efforts in the principle of democracy by concentrating on sectoral reforms during the transition period. President Barrow calls for support in building capacity, and enhancing the tourism sector. The President encouraged actors in the terrorism global debate to engage in dialogue in order to bring about international peace.
Her Excellency, Ambassador Marianne Kress Fugi said she was impressed with all the new developments taking place in The Gambia since President Barrow took office. Denmark has been contributing to the development of The Gambia through the European Union and the UN.
The Gambia is host to a number of Danish private sector operators that are engaged in various businesses. Ambassador Kress Fugi said she will take President Barrow’s message back with her to Bamako, urging private investor involvement especially in the tourism sector.
For the Sultnate of Oman, with whom The Gambia is a joint member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), President Barrow said the bilateral relations should continue as one family of the 57-member country.
He maintains that The Gambia needs the support of all the OIC members of the OIC for the successful hosting of its conference in Banjul. Beside this, the private sector from Oman would find The Gambia a great haven for investment, which will be mutually beneficial to both countries.
The Gambia and Oman shared historic and fruitful relations, something Ambassador Abdullah Mohammad Suleima Alamri intends to strengthen and develop in ways that benefit both the peoples and governments.
For the Republic of Korea, President Barrow thanked its government and President for the roles played during the 2016 political impasse in The Gambia through the UN. Korea provided scholarships to Gambians, and provides capacity building efforts in support of the Gambia’s transitional justice programme.
He reiterated calls for the Korean private sector investment in The Gambia, noting that the ceremony of the Ambassador’s credentials will further strengthen and improve relations with the Republic of Korea.
He also mentioned special encouragement and recognition of former UN Secretary, Ban Ki Moon’s role in the political crisis of The Gambia.
On international relations, President Barrow encouraged both the South and North Korea to engage in diplomacy and dialogue as a way of promoting regional peace. Ambassador Won Sok Choi expressed delight at the President accepting his credentials, and promised to work towards strengthening the relations between the Gambia and Korea.
Korea is already supporting the transitional justice programme of the criminal justice system through the UN office on Drugs and Crime. Korea is also supporting the strengthening of The Gambia’s technical and vocational training system through the UNESCO. This will be great contribution to the country’s political and economic development, the Ambassador said.