Foreign Minister receives EU Special Representative for Human Rights
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on Thursday received the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr. Eamon Gilmore and delegation in his office in Banjul.
He was accompanied to the Foreign Ministry by the Ambassador of the European Union, Attila Lajos, Ms. Breda Lee, Political Advisor, Ms. Luisa Ragher, Head of Division at the European External Action Service, Ms. Luigia Di Gisi, Policy Officer at the European External Action Service and Ms. Lidia Lapinska, Policy Coordinator at the European External Action Service.
Discussions centered on Democracy and the general Human Rights situation of the country, priorities of The Gambia’s Foreign Policy, Security Sector Reform, drafting of the new Constitution by the Constitutional Review Commission and increased visibility for European Union activities in the Gambia.
The Honourable Minister also received in audience H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Commission.She informed the Honourable Minister that the purpose of their mission to the country was to participate in the African Union – European Union Human Rights dialogue which was held from 15th to 16th October 2019.
This, she added will be followed by AU – EU human rights dialogue. She said the Special Technical Committee on Migration meeting will this year be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 8th to 11th November. She disclosed that The Gambia is slated to host the subsequent Special Technical Committee on Migration meeting.
Commissioner Samate renewed the AU’s commitment in supporting The Gambia in the areas of Transitional justice, Capacity building and Institutional reform.
Flurry of diplomatic engagements at the Foreign Ministry
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on Tuesday received in audience the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Ma Jianchun, in his office in Banjul.
Ambassador Jianchun expressed delight and thanked The Gambia for the support given to the People’s Republic of China during the just concluded 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He reminded the Honourable Minister that China will fulfil pledges it made to support the Ministry in terms of equipment to facilitate the work.
In a similar engagement, the Ambassador of Indonesia to The Gambia, His Excellency Mansyur Pangeran, said it is imperative for his Indonesia to strengthen cooperation in the area of scholarship in Agriculture, Economics and Law while urging Gambians to pursue Master Degree and PHd in Indonesia. He added that Indonesia will render support to make the forthcoming 2022 OIC summit in The Gambia a success.
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) officials also held audience with the Honourable Minister. The officials proposed ways and means to strengthen cooperation with the Government of The Gambia.
The French Charge d’affaires, Joel Godeaux, submitted host country agreement and also informed the Honourable Minister of an extension of invitation for Gambia’s participation to Africa – France meeting.
Ambassador Jammeh presents his Letters of Credence to President of Cabo Verde H.E. Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca
The Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to the Republic of Guinea Bissau who is also accredited to the Republic of Cabo Verde, His Excellency Alieu K. Jammeh, on October 2nd, 2019 presented his Letters of Credence to the President of Cabo Verde, His Excellency Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Praia.
Copies of the letters were earlier presented to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on October 1st who, was deputised by the Minister of Culture and Creative Industries, Mr. Abraao Anibal Fernandes Barbosa.
Areas of interest discussed for possible bilateral relationship were Education, Youth and Sports, Travel and Tourism, Energy, Cargo and Passenger Air Travel. Ambassador Jammeh took the opportunity to share report on The Gambia’s progress of reform and strengthening of democracy since the new Government assumed power.
Gambia – Japan signs $2.3 million food assistanceGovernments of The Gambia and Japan on Saturday October 5th, 2019 signed food assistance grant worth $2,337,650 at a ceremony held at Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.
The rice assistance is part of Japan’s annual Official Development Assistance (ODA) to The Gambia. Following the signing ceremony, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara said the ceremony is testament of Japan’s commitment to work closely with the Government of The Gambia to addressing Gambia’s food security situation and also part of efforts aimed at elevating Gambia – Japan bilateral relations.
Dr. Tangara thanked the Government of Japan for the level of support the country has so far received. He said discussions have been done with members of Japan’s Parliamentary Council to the African Union on the margins of TICAD 7th in Yokohama, and The Gambia is working towards intensifying collaboration in the areas of agriculture, infrastructural development and capacity building for the youth.
He called on the Japanese private sector through the Japanese Embassy to invest in potential sectors of The Gambia’s economy, including agriculture and fisheries.
He assured Ambassador Tatsuo Arai of the principle of transparency and accountability adding that the government will ensure that the arrangements under this partnership is worked out to achieve Gambia’s common objectives and support Japan’s international commitment.
He commended Japan for interventions in education, rural water supply, health, youth and sports and other development.
For his part, Ambassador Arai told reporters that the two countries have fruitful cooperation in the areas of education, health, fisheries and food assistance. The food assistance, he adds, will alleviate food shortage, stabilise food price and socio-economic development through the utilisation of the counterpart fund. He assured that Japan will continue to work with the Barrow Government in order to address the needs of the population.
He said human security is one of the main pillars of Japan’s Official Development Assistance, ODA, policies and the establishment of food security and food self-sufficiency holds a special importance in these policies.
The occasion was graced by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Ms. Amie Fabureh and the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Salimatta Touray.
Gambia condemns African migrant sale in Libya
Following a 2018 CNN report on the sale of African migrants in Libyan ‘slave auctions’, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad swiftly reacted with a strong condemnation.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces in the strongest terms, slavery in all its forms and considers the practice an egregious violation of human rights and human dignity. Such inhumane and degrading acts are against the high values of freedom, justice and respect for human rights cherished by all civilised societies,” a press release from the Ministry stated, while calling on the International Community to thoroughly investigate the ugly events that unfolded in the North African country.
Gambian Ambassador talks special relations Turkish President Erdogan
Dozens of Gambian ambassadors had a flurry of engagements as they presented their letters of recommendations to their various hosts.
Among them was His Excellency Mr Kemeseng S.M. Jammeh, Gambia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary who on 29 November 2017 presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey.
On the Occasion, Ambassador Jammeh conveyed the greetings and best wishes from His Excellency President Adama Barrow, the Government and people of The Gambia. He thanked the Government of Turkey for its valuable contribution to Turkey – Gambia relations.
The Gambian Ambassador informed the Turkish leader that the Republic of The Gambia attaches special priority to the relationship between the two countries and further informed him of the Government of The Gambia’s launch of the new National Development Plan 2018- 2021.
Areas of bilateral cooperation including education, trade, agriculture, fisheries, infrastructural development, security, tourism, women empowerment projects as well as cooperation at the United Nations and other multilateral fora were shared at the occasion.
Ambassador Jammeh also appealed to President Erdogan for Turkish airlines to extend flights to Banjul which will ultimately complement efforts to boost the trade volume between The Gambia and Turkey as well as increase people-to-people ties.
In addition, President Erdogan intimated that his Government was sincerely delighted and gratified by The Gambia Government’s unreserved decision to establish an Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. He equally expressed his Government’s desire to maintain and further strengthen the relations which so happily exist between the Republics of The Gambia and Turkey.
Foreign Minister Tangara meets President Obiang
As he continues strengthening The Gambia’s bilateral relations both within and outside Africa, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on August 13th, 2018 met the President of Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, at the Presidential Palace in Malabo.
Honourable Tangara was in Malabo as a Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow. The visit was meant to further strengthen the already cordial bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and peoples.
The visit accorded officials the opportunity to explore ways of strengthening and widening cooperation between the two countries.
Gambia mourns Kofi Annan
The Government of the Republic of The Gambia learns with deep regret, grief and sorrow the demise of Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate which sad event took place on Saturday August 18th, 2018. Mr Annan died at 80, his life was punctuated with a love for peace, justice and equality.
The Government of The Gambia recognises that Mr Annan’s passing away is a huge loss to the International Community. He will be remembered for his stance and contribution to peace – building and peace- making in the world.
The Government of The Gambia sympathises with the entire United Nations family, Government and the people of the sister Republic of Ghana, families and friends of the late Mr Annan whose leadership at the United Nations has produced indelible mark on humanity as a whole. The Government of The Gambia prays that his soul rest in perfect peace.
Foreign Minister Tangara bids farewell to UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia wishes to inform the general public that following his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Honourable Dr. Mamadou Tangara, who was The Gambia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, bade farewell to H.E. Mr. António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.
In a brief encounter, Dr. Tangara thanked the Secretary-General for receiving him in audience and thanked him and the United Nations for their steadfast support to The Gambia throughout his tenure. He highlighted the critical support the Secretary-General gave to the Barrow Government during the political impasse and the transition to a new democratic order.
Dr. Tangara also spoke highly of the critical support that the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel and the UN Country team provided during our political transition. He further highlighted that the initial support that the UN provided to The Gambia through the Peace-building Commission and its Support Office, made a huge difference in kick-starting reforms in the areas of peace-building, transitional justice and security sector reform. He assured the Secretary-General that President Barrow is committed to consolidating democracy, good governance and the rule of law in the country.
In his turn, Secretary-General Guterres recognised Minister Tangara’s leadership which he demonstrated while serving as The Gambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations during that difficult political transition in The Gambia. He further stated that he has no doubt in his abilities as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Secretary-General also thanked the people of The Gambia for their commitment to democracy which made it possible for the UN and the International Community to stand by them. He reiterated the UN’s commitment to making The Gambia a success story in its peacebuilding and development efforts. The Secretary-General stated that the United Nations will continue to support The Gambia’s democratic transition.
Minister Tangara also used the occasion to thank the Secretary-General for the UN’s participation in the Brussels Conference in May 2018 and for the pledge of $20 million made by the UN Peace-building Commission and the Peace-building Support Office. He assured the Secretary-General that The Gambia will continue to collaborate with the UN to advance the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2021.
Meanwhile, Minister Tangara seized the opportunity to sign the Book of Condolence opened at the UN Headquarters, to mourn the passing of H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.