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AMBASSADORS PRESENT LETTERS OF CREDENCE

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The Ambassadors of the Republic of The Gambia to the Republic of France, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Russian Federation respectively have all presented their Letters of Credence.

On December 18, the Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary of the Republic of The Gambia to the Republic of France, His Excellency Dr Momodou Lamin Sedat Jobe, presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France at the Elysee Palace.

During his presentation, Ambassador Jobe transmitted fraternal salutations on behalf of the President of the Republic of The Gambia, H.E. Mr Adama Barrow, Government and people of The Gambia to President Macron.

The Gambian Ambassador underscored the importance of the existing Franco - Gambia cooperation while expressing his profound gratitude to France especially in establishing reforms in the area of Gambian defense and security. Ambassador Jobe reiterated that the cooperation between France and The Gambia should be strengthened.

For his part, President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Ambassador Sedat Jobe and he dilated on the new good existing relations between the two countries and promised to further strengthen it.

H.E. Mr Emmanuel Macron sent good will greetings to his counterpart, H.E. Mr Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia and to the Gambian people.

In another development, the Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia, H.E. Sulayman Alieu Jack Tuesday 19 December presented his Letters of Credence to H.E. Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa.

After the presentation ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Jack and H.E. President Teshome had a bilateral meeting. During the discussions, H.E. Ambassador Jack conveyed the fraternal and warm greetings of H.E. President Adama Barrow to his Ethiopian counterpart. He indicated his appreciation of the enduring friendship and strong spirit of solidarity that continues to underpin the Gambian and Ethiopian relationship and expressed his commitment to its further strengthening through mutually beneficial cooperation that would include among others cooperation in the fields of agriculture, aviation, infrastructural development and capacity development.

He intimated that Gambians have benefitted from training in Ethiopian universities and they have returned and contributed their quota to the development of the country. Consequently, he will engage the relevant Ethiopian authorities in order to reinforce this sort of cooperation between the Gambian and Ethiopian government and look forward to receiving the necessary support from Ethiopian authorities. Ambassador Jack also expressed his appreciation of the impressive economic growth that Ethiopia has registered over the years and her continuing and steadfast support to the efforts to develop the African continent. He noted that these favourable dispositions are highly laudable and would provide best practices for emulation by other African countries.

H.E. President Teshome reciprocated the fraternal and warm greetings of his Gambian counterpart. He congratulated the Gambian Government and people for the peaceful, historic and democratic transition that occurred in the country. He affirmed the importance of the longstanding and cordial relationship between The Gambia and Ethiopia and described the longevity of the relationship as a demonstration of the strong bounds of camaraderie and solidarity between the Governments and peoples of The Gambia and Ethiopia. He expressed his hope and confidence that these attributes of the relationship will continue to be infused in the various initiatives to be worked on to facilitate regular and fruitful engagements between the two countries, and assured the Ambassador of the support and cooperation of the Government of Ethiopia during his tenure.

H.E. President Teshome also expressed his confidence that H.E. Ambassador Jack will further add to the efforts to expand the scope of the bilateral cooperation between The Gambia and Ethiopia. He also indicated that Ethiopia will continue to support the efforts to develop the African continent and to work on mutually beneficial and development partnerships with African countries including The Gambia.

He noted that Ethiopia could learn from the experiences of The Gambia particularly in the area of touristic development. Similarly, The Gambia could learn from the experiences of Ethiopia in areas relating to agriculture, industrial and housing development. He indicated the possibility of Ethiopian investors and companies partnering with The Gambia Government and businesses.

H.E. President Teshome told the Gambian Ambassador that Gambian students could again be beneficiaries of the training opportunities that are being offered by the Ethiopian educational institutions and the possibility of them being awarded scholarships could be explored with the relevant Ethiopian authorities. He assured that support will be accorded to H.E. Ambassador Jack by the relevant Ethiopian authorities in the development of other areas of cooperation between
The Gambia and Ethiopia.

On December 3, Her Excellency, Jainaba Bah, the Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to the Russian Federation presented copies of her Letters of Credence to the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Ministry and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov at his office in Moscow.

After presentation of copies of Letters of Credence, formalities were exchanged in a bid to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.

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