A friend in need is a friend in deed

Thursday, November 02, 2017

An added impetus has been injected into the relations and pathway between The Gambia and the people and Government of the Republic of Turkey in the wake of the announcement of a fresh cooperation package between both governments and nations.

The broadening of our strategic cooperation in areas of military support, economic and trade relations, health, agriculture, tourism and education, disclosed by our foreign affairs ministerat a reception in marking the 94th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, on Friday in Banjul, is a testament to the fact that Turkey is a friend in deed.

If at all we have friends who are in to see our growth and development Turkey is one. Over the years, this Euro-Asian nation has been rolling out caring forms of support for The Gambia to see our country rise and shine.

It has also been disclosed that the Turkey government has pledged to provide support to The Gambia in hosting the 14th OIC summit scheduled for 2019.

To put flesh into the bones of that pledge, the Turkey government, as also stated by our foreign minister, has set in train a plan to ensure that “next month, protocol officers from various government ministries and institutions [of The Gambia] will be embarking on a 2-week training at the Turkish Diplomatic Academy” to prepare them for the task that is to come in the hosting of international conferences of a large scale. What a friend indeed!

Records and facts of the immense contribution of Turkey’s government and private sector institutions to the public, private sector and non-governmental organisations of The Gambia in logistical support and capacity building of our human resource are evidently clear and indelible in the annals of our development trajectory, especially in the last decade or so.

“[This] is proof of the strong ties between our two great nations,” our foreign minister confirmed.

Indeed space would not permit us to outline the immense support the Turkey republic has given to The Gambia over the years, which range from academic education, to health, technology, commerce and investment and other training opportunities.

Further afield in her stretch of support, Turkey has been supporting many African countries in similar vein as it does to The Gambia and has made significant contributions to peace, stability and security in other nations around the world.

The prime orientations of Turkish foreign policy, as the Turkish ambassador to The Gambia rightly pointed out, is based on reinforcing mutual gains and joint economic interests in bilateral relations.

Turkey has been a pillar to many countries in Africa, and The Gambia has really been a key friend in the heart and mind of the Turkey government, as it continues to demonstrate its goodwill support in the latest round of broadened areas of cooperation with our new government in The Gambia.

Turkey for sure means well for The Gambia and we should strive together with them to go far in our insatiable desire for growth and development. A friend in need, they say, is a friend in deed. Let’s embrace each other.

“If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together”

African proverb