Gambia affirms intent to boost ties with KSA 


Heading a high-powered delegation on a four-day working visit to the Kingdom, the Gambian president accompanied by first lady Zineb Zuma Jammeh arrived here on Monday.

Jammeh was received by the crown prince at his palace here. During the meeting they discussed various aspects of bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest.“They exchanged cordial talks,” the official said.“With decades of diplomatic ties, Saudi Arabia and Gambia have agreed to work together as sister countries,” a statement issued by the Gambian Presidency asserted.

The two friendly countries reaffirmed their commitment to intensify bilateral co-operation as they discussed the latest developments in regional and international arenas during the high powered meeting, which was also attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, minister of foreign affairs, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, second deputy premier, Adel Faqeh, minister of labor and Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Jasser, minister of economy and planning.


Jammeh received Yusuf bin Ibrahim, vice president and managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development at the palace, where he is staying on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing developmental works between the two countries.

Furthermore, the Gambian president and his delegation, which includes a trade mission as well, visited the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) for a meeting with the RCCI officials, where they discussed ways and means to bolster bilateral trade and commerce.

“The mutual discussion covered the economic development of Gambia, especially in the field of infrastructure,” a member of the Gambian trade delegation said on the sidelines of the meeting.

Commenting on the delegation an RCCI official said that it is a trip to strengthen ties with the Kingdom as the representatives from the two countries signed bilateral agreements and a memorandum of understanding to further enhance economic co-operation.

Moreover, Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, Gambian minister of tourism and culture, who is also part of the high powered visiting delegation to the kingdom, met Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, an SCTA official said, adding that they exchanged their views on bilateral co-operation in the area. Gambian Ambassador Omar Gabriel Saleh could not be reached for comment on the visit.                            (Arab News)


Author: Rashid Hassan in Riyadh