Jan 26, 2011, 2:27 PM
Speaking at the farewell reception, Ergin Soner, Turkish Ambassador to The Gambia, hailed his US counperpartfor his substantialcountribution to widening the frontiers of diplomacy.
According to the Turkish ambassador, Charge d’Affaires Staples is a long-serving American diplomat with vast experience.
He added that Staples has served his country almost in all capacities around the world, including Turkey.
Ambassador Soner furher stated that Staples has always lived a life of service with groundbreaking work in diplomatic circles.
He also stated that the channel of diplomacy should always be kept open for such a reason.
“It is a tool of paramount importance, at our disposal,” Ambassador Soner said, adding:“In this context, for Turkey both the United States and The Gambia are friendly countries. Therefore, we want to see diplomats of all these three countries working hand-in-hand to improve our relations, in order to contribute more to the advancement of African people.
"It is an honoir tonight to bid farewell to our distinguished colleague and friend".
“Ambassador Staples is a long-serving American diplomat with vast experience. He has served his country almost in all the corners of the world, including my country, Turkey.”