Gambia apologises Senegal over Hamat Bah’s comments

Thursday, March 08, 2018

The Gambia government through its Foreign Affairs Ministry has apologised to Senegal over comments made by, Hamat Bah, the minister of Tourism and Culture during the ‘Day of Free Movement of Goods and Persons in Senegambia’, held in Karang, Senegal on 1st March 2018.

“Senegalese are disrespectful to their leaders, they spend all their precious time ranting on radio and television talking about politics rather than concentrating on national development,” Mr. Bah was quoted as saying.

He said that Gambian travellers are harassed, subjected to monitory extortion by corrupt Senegalese custom officials.

Mr. Bah also accused Senegalese custom officials as corrupt people. He said that Gambians and Bissau Guinean travellers are over charged to pay exorbitant fees. “Our relationship with Senegal cannot be one way traffic,” he said.

On Monday The Gambia government sent to Thailand government an apology over Mr. Bah’s comments for saying; “tourists whoever is looking for sex can go to Thailand because The Gambia is not their destination in an interview on state TV two weeks ago. Below reads the ministry’s statement:

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia has learnt with a deep sense of regret, the unfortunate comments made by the Minister of Tourism and Culture during the ‘Day of Free Movement of Goods and Persons in Senegambia’, held in Karang on 1st March 2018.

On behalf of the Government of The Gambia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to convey its unreserved apology to the Government and People of the Republic of Senegal for any distress caused as a result of these comments. The Government of The Gambia reiterates its commitment to a fraternal relations with its neighbour, based on mutual respect and aligned goals.

The Government of The Gambia values the excellent relations shared with the Republic of Senegal and it is in this spirit that the Ministry hopes and believes that the two brotherly nations will continue to interact closely and in doing so, strengthen the ties between them for the benefit of their peoples; who are in fact one people in two states, bonded by a deep rooted history, culture and heritage.”