Turkish government through the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has donated 20 buses to The Gambia.
At a handing over ceremony at McCarthy Square on Friday, the president of the republic, Adama Barrow, on behalf of The Gambia and its people thanked the Turkish government for the gesture.
“I’ll begin by expressing my gratitude to the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey for its support to my government,” he said.
“It could be recalled that immediately winning the 2016 Presidential elections, His Excellency the Turkish ambassador to The Gambia Mr. Ismail Sefa showed keen interest to enhance the diplomatic ties between our two countries. Today we are here to reap one of the benefits of our strong relationship,” Barrow said.
The Gambian leader praised Ambassador Sefa for his efforts saying he has motivated both Turkish officials and investors in the past year to visit The Gambia to explore investment opportunities
“My visit to turkey earlier this year is a feature manifestation of the seriousness my government attaches to our relationship with Turkey,” he said.
Mr. Barrow further stated that the ties between Banjul and Istanbul have been strengthened over the years especially in the areas of education, health, energy and security.
The donation of the buses, he said, is a fulfilment of a promise made by the vice president of Mareef Turkish Education Foundation, Dr. Hassan who visited him last year. He said the buses would go a long way towards providing alternative means for public transport
The Turkish ambassador to The Gambia Ismail Sefa Yuceer said: “I would like to once more reaffirm the commitment of the Turkish government to the new era and dispensation in The Gambia.”
“As a matter of fact, from the very first day in the New Gambia, the government of the Republic of Turkey, at the highest level, His Excellency President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been supportive to His Excellency President Adama Barrow and his team.
He said the donation of the buses is a manifestation of Turkish government and its people’s benevolence gesture to The Gambia and promised more schemes and cooperation in the near future.