The days of isolationism in diplomatic field is now over

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The Gambia is now moving from stultification and isolation to reposition itself in the international field where it aims to regain her lost dignity and respect after 22 years of dictatorship.

In today’s world, diplomacy is important to a point that no nation is disrespect because of it size, however, a nation can choose to take her position in the diplomatic field by either building genuine friendship based on mutual respect and interest; or try to leave in a state of isolationism.

We therefore, welcome the good news after the French ambassador to Senegal disclosed to The Point newspaper about the reopening of her Banjul Embassy – news that we believe will be welcomed and cherished by all well wishers in the country and beyond.

Ambassador Christophe Bigot, who was in the country on a three-day visit had the opportunity to meet the Gambian leader, His Excellency Adama Barrow, state machineries including ministers, speaker of the National Assembly and senior government officials. 

He outlined the importance of reopening of the French diplomatic branch in The Gambia, saying that his country has a lot to do with The Gambian through diplomacy. The ambassador was frank; pointing out that the French ambassador in Senegal who is overseeing The Gambia cannot cover all that have been happening here in the country, prompting a need for an embassy.

It’s fact that The Gambia was never colonised by the French; however, these two countries have shared a lot in common – the peoples of these two countries are peace loving and also share common sense of patriotism.

When President Barrow took the oath of office, the first country he visited after Senegal was France. He went there upon the invitation extended by the ex president of France in which lots of issues of vitality were discussed; such as the internal security, trade and economy. The meeting was a platform in which the two leaders had the opportunity to strengthen their bones of cooperation based on mutual respect and interest.

Ambassador has shed light on the closure of the French Embassy in Banjul, “it was closed simply because we had nothing to do. The regime being what it is; there was no possible interaction with the dictatorship. We decided to end this diplomatic branch and leave, instead of pretending.”

We therefore, hope that the fruitful relations that the two countries have started enjoying continue forever.

“Successful diplomacy is an alignment of objectives and means.”

Dennis Ross