President Adama Barrow on last Wednesday received the diplomatic credentials of ambassadors from the Kingdom of Denmark, Sultanate of Oman, and the Republic of Korea. In line with customary diplomatic practice, the foreign envoys inspected a military Quarter Guard before presenting their Letters of Credence to the Head of State, marking the beginning of their diplomatic assignments in the country. The President exchanged fraternal greetings with the envoys, urging them to encourage private investors in their respective countries to exploit the business and economic opportunities in the country.
Kingdom of Denmark
In receiving the Danish envoy, President Barrow welcomed the renewal of relations between The Gambia and Denmark before highlighted the devotion of his government to upholding and strengthening the values of democracy and good governance. While informing the ambassador about the ongoing sectoral reforms, President Barrow calls for support in capacity building and enhancement of the tourism sector.
For her part, the Danish Ambassador, Her Excellency, Marianne Kress Fugi said that she was impressed with the new developments that have taken place in the country since President Barrow took office. She pointed out that Denmark has been contributing to the development of The Gambia through the European Union and the United Nations. Ambassador Kress Fugi also said she had taken note of President Barrow’s request and would endeavour to encourage private investor involvement in the country’s economy, especially the tourism sector.
Sultanate of Oman
The bilateral talks between President Barrow and the Omani Ambassador largely took place within the scope of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, which both countries are members of. The President reiterated calls for member countries of the 56-member organisations to continue to stick together as one family. He maintained that The Gambia needs the support of all the OIC members for the successful hosting of the 2019 Summit in Banjul. Additionally, the resident contended that the private sector from Oman would find The Gambia to be a great haven for investment.
Ambassador Abdullah Mohammad Suleima Alamri told the President of his intentions to strengthen the historic and fruitful relations between The Gambia and Oman by developing ways that benefit the peoples and governments of both countries.
Republic of Korea
For the Republic of Korea, President Barrow thanked its government and President for the roles played in resolving the 2016 political impasse in The Gambia through the UN, as well as providing capacity building for The Gambia’s transitional justice programmes.
Noting that the occasion will mark the beginning of a more strengthened and improved relations with Korea. He made calls for the Korean private sector investment in The Gambia. On international relations, President Barrow encouraged the Republic of Korea to reinforce diplomacy and dialogue with its neighbour, North Korea, as a way of promoting regional peace and stability.
Ambassador Won Sok Choi expressed delight at the President for accepting his credentials and promised to work towards strengthening the relations between The Gambia and Korea. He added that Korea is already supporting the transitional justice programme of the criminal justice system through the UN office on Drugs and Crime; and also assisting in strengthening The Gambia’s technical and vocational training systems through the Unesco.
Meanwhile, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow has received and acknowledged notice of information from His Royal Highness, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, on the occasion of the designation of His Highness, Mohamed Bin Salman Bin Abdel Aziz Al- Saud as Crown Prince, as well as his nomination and confirmation as the Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defence, respectively, of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
President Adama Barrow also received and acknowledged messages of best wishes and congratulations on the occasion of the 54th independence anniversary of The Gambia from the following world leaders: His Excellency, Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Federal Republic of Brazil; His Royal Highness Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and His Highness Mohamed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers, and Minster of Defense of Saudi Arabia.