Banjul, 17 December 2020: The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on Thursday 17 December 2020 received the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain, Her Excellency Cristina Gallach Figueres, in his office in Banjul.
The seven man delegation arrived at the Foreign Ministry at about 12:30pm. After welcoming the Spanish delegation, Foreign Minister Tangara commended the Government of Spain through Her Excellency Cristina Gallach Figueres for this important bilateral visit.
He used the opportunity to inform the Spanish delegation that the Government of His Excellency President Adama Barrow and the Gambian people in general are grateful for the invaluable support Spain has given to The Gambia during the political impasse and in the transition period.
He said The Gambia made positive improvement in containing Covid -19. This achievement, he posited was as a result of the excellent measures put in place by the Health Ministry. He informed the delegation that as of 16 December, The Gambia registered 3 Active cases adding that preparations are in place in anticipation for a Second Wave.
For her part, Her Excellency Cristina Gallach Figueres said her delegation was in the country to discuss and look into ways of deepening economic cooperation, she said the two countries have long standing bilateral ties dating 60 years ago. These long standing relations, she went on form part of the basis for a deepened economic cooperation and sharing of expertise for the young to be properly skilled.
The Spanish envoy was in the country to discuss economic cooperation and the issue of migration in order to deepen cooperation in trying to find sustainable solutions in addressing migration that is faced by both countries. Both sides agreed to approach migration and other developmental issues in a holistic manner.