Mar 30, 2011, 12:43 PM
In a boost to bilateral cooperation between
Gambian minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Momodou Tangara, and
The agreement, done in recognition of Article 17 of the 1988 United Nations convention against illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and the 1982 United Nations convention on the laws of the sea, is in fulfillment of enhancing effective legal means for international cooperation in criminal matters for suppressing illicit transnational maritime activity.
Under the agreement, the
Shortly after the signature of the agreement,
“This document is a comprehensive one, and it will allow us do a lot of training here in The Gambia with the navy and other security units,” she stated.
According to the
Dr. Momodou Tangara, in response commended
According to him, the signing of the agreement is a step in the right direction.
“It is important for us to equip ourselves in this order, fight terrorism and piracy and, for that to happen, we need to sign such an agreement to train our men to build their capacity,” Tangara said.
Also speaking to journalists about his impression, Lieutenant General Masanneh Kinteh, chief of defence staff of the Gambia Armed Forces underscored the significance of the agreement.
“The agreement is based on maritime relations between the
He said such agreements are needed to be able to work closely together to confront issues in the maritime environment.
According to Kinteh, maritime security is a great challenge to the sub-region, and it needs partnership to tackle the menace. He noted that the challenge from transnational crimes in the maritime sector is just beyond two countries and, as such, it needs collaboration.
Commodore Madani Senghore, head of the Gambia Navy, also lauded the agreement, saying it is a great achievement for the navy.