By Aminata Ceesay
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, has yesterday donated 240 food containers equivalent to 50 tons of dates to the government of The Gambia.
Speaking at the presentation, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Ousainou Darboe, described the gesture as timely, saying that dates are consumed in the country, especially during the month of fasting.
“In The Gambia it is traditional that in the month of Ramadan when breaking the fast, people use at least one date and we believe that by doing so we are following the Sunnah of the Prophet,” he said.
He noted that the gift indicates the symbolic and significant bone between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and The Gambia.
“We have always been united by this bone, the bone of Islam and we believe that this bone will grow stronger and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia always plays a significant role in the development of The Gambia,” he added.
Also speaking, Adoul Rahman Altaibi, charge de affairs, Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Senegal, said: “We have considered Gambia as our brothers and we feel that it is our duty and responsibility to help all the Muslims.”