Wang Yi, a Chinese diplomat and politician who formerly served as China’s vice foreign minister, ambassador to Japan and director of the Taiwan Affairs Office on Saturday 5 January, 2019, visited The Gambia for the first time as the first high-level visit from the government of The People’s Republic of China to The Gambia.
Senior government officials of the country received Mr. Yi and delegation after which the Gambian minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Mamadou Tangara delivered a welcoming statement.
Dr. Tangara said that Mr. Yi’s visit marks yet another milestone of friendly cooperation between the two countries, which has grown from strength to strength over the past two years.
The government of The People’s Republic of China he said has accompanied The Gambia through her political transition journey; pointing out that this was acknowledged by His Excellency President Adama Barrow during his maiden visit to China in December 2017 and September 2018 for the Beijing Summit.
Through this visit, Mr. Tangara said they remain assured of the partnership and support of China, its government and people, as has been for the past two years.
“We are confident that we will now move progressively towards cementing our bilateral gains by expanding the scope of cooperation in all areas of economic and technical cooperation”. Tangara pointed out.
He further recognised the good work that the Chinese Embassy in Banjul, headed by Ambassador Ma who recently assumed duties is doing in representing China’s government in The Gambia.
He thanked the minister personally and through him, His Excellency President Xi Jinping and the entire government and people of China for this show of solidarity with the Gambian people.
Additionally, he reiterated The Gambia government’s strong adherence to the One China Policy, saying The Gambia will support the People’s Republic of China at all international fora.
During this meeting, Priority areas such as energy, infrastructure, health, agriculture and telecommunication were identified for development purposes.
The two delegations also had a closed-door meeting after being welcomed by the foreign minister.
Wang Yi on behalf of his party expressed delight over the warm hospitality accorded to them by the hosts, while acknowledging that there has been rapid progress between the countries in a short span of time.