government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation
and Gambians Abroad Monday apologised to Thailand over comments made by Hamat
Bah, the minister of Tourism and Culture.
Mr. Bah in a recent interview with the state TV said tourists who ever looking for sex can go to Thailand because Gambia is not their destination.
Meanwhile, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Reuters that the Thailand government wrote a protest letter to The Gambia government over Mr. Bah’s comments
Below reads the ministry’s statement:
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia regrets the unfortunate comments made by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, in which he referred the Tourism Sector of Thailand in a negative manner during televised TV Programme aired on 12 January 2018.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to express its heartfelt apologies to the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and extends assurances that measures will be put in place to prevent the occurrence of such an unfortunate incidence. The Ministry extends its profound assurances to the Government of Thailand that the remarks of the Minister are not to be construed as a reflection of the Government’s view on the Tourism Sector of Thailand.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs values the excellent relations shared with the Kingdom of Thailand and wishes to renew its commitment to strengthening cooperation between the two brother countries.”