Jan 14, 2010, 12:21 PM
SoS Foreign Affairs Hails HE Yumkella
The good deeds in the diplomatic level by H. E. Mohamed Foday Yumkella have not gone unnoticed by the many diplomats and ordinary man in The Gambia. Adding to the many voices is Dr. Omar A. Touray SoS for Foreign Affairs at the Jerma Beach Hotel organised through the foreign office by He President Yahya A. JJ Jammeh on the occasion of the departure of the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to The Gambia. Society and Development went to find out how society was influenced by HE Mohamed Foday Yumkella's diplomacy in his four years tenure as High Commissioner. A levelheaded politician and a focus man, he has created a lot of impact and made the difference that was not. Read on and enjoy on.
There has been several gathering for the outgoing High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to The Gambia at the end of his term of office in the country. One of these was the Foreign Affairs who organised a befitting family dinner at the Jerma Beach Hotel and sentiments expressed.
In his speech, Dr. Omar A. Touray SoS for Foreign Affairs said "His Excellency Mr. Foday Yumkella High Commissioner of the
But most importantly he continued High Commissioner Yumlkella has demonstrated his competence as a diplomat. By enhancing the excellent relations between the
Talking about the relationship between
We in The Gambia have also played host to a large Sierra Leonean community in both the urban areas and the provinces. Despite the scarcity of our means, we have done all we could to make our Sierra Leonean brothers and sisters feel at home in The Gambia.
"Indeed the various High Commissioners of Sierra Leone to The Gambia worked tirelessly to raise cooperation between The Gambia and
SoS Touray associated diplomatic life to that of nomads but said the diplomatic life was more nomadic than that of the nomads themselves. "Diplomats have developed the capacity to jump with considerable ease from the frosty cold winters of
SoS Touray says, "As Ambassador, the right word here tonight is the French word "Aurevoir" (See you again.)"
HE Yumkella was given a gift from the Foreign Affairs.
In response HE Yumkella says, "There was a yesterday, a today and a tomorrow. There was a Sierra Loenean Ambassador and today I am going. He quoted an idea from
Praising Gambian hospitality, HE Yumkella said, "Gambian hospitality goes beyond bounds. There is a special kind of relationship between the two countries. MY colleagues should know that there is a blood relationship between the two countries." HE Yumkella thanked and praised Dr. Isatou Njie Saidy, the VP of the country for her leadership qualities. "I learnt a lot from of leadership skills from her, she is great. I thank you the SoS for Foreign Affairs I thank Ambassador Maudor Touray and all of you ambassadors I will miss you all. I thank SoS Fatou Faye who has a school named after her in
HE Yumkella took the opportunity and said, "To the most esteemed part of my thank you, I must thank you, President Dr. AJJ Jammeh. I think I have been inspired by his leadership qualities. There is what is called the American D ream. As long as you enter
Speaking on behalf of the Diplomatic Corp HE, Yahya Ngam, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to The Gambia, praised diplomacy as the most beautiful job in the world because it brings people together. "We are lucky in The Gambia we do our work with ease. Our colleague is going he has said a lot especially about President Jammeh and it is all-true. The diplomatic Corp will miss you HE Yumkella."
HE Yahya Ngam described HE Yumkella as a very competent diplomat. "We will miss you we hope you will get what you want in life. It is not easy to be like our colleague Foday Yumkella. We wish the best that can ever happen to Foday Yumkella. We hope you will not forget us because we shall never forget you. We thank the Foreign Affairs Minister for his support."