May 3, 2010, 11:59 AM
The new United States ambassador to The Gambia, Edward M. Ned Alford, yesterday afternoon presented his letters of credence to the Gambian leader, President Yahya Jammeh, at State House in Banjul.
Speaking to waiting reporters shortly after presenting his credentials, Ambassador Alford said he discussed the strong relationship and economic ties between The Gambia and the US.
He spoke of the students exchanges and of the Peace Corps, noting that ‘many young Americans served in The Gambia and after their service in The Gambia, when they go back to the US, they do talk good things about The Gambia,” ambassador Alford said.
The US diplomat said he is particularly impressed with what he called the Gambian model where everybody gets along regardless of religion and ethnic background.
He said the thing he is more enthusiatic about in The Gambia is education, noting that he wants primary education to be available to all Gambians by 2015, adding that if you look at the statistics remarkable progress has been made in education, not only in Banjul but throughout the country.
“The best of the next generation are getting good education in The Gambia, and he recalled that many Gambians studied in the US and they will continue to study in US,” he remarked.