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"Taiwan is a True friend of The Gambia" - VP Njie Saidy

Nov 17, 2008, 5:25 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The vice president Dr. Isatou Njie Saidy has described the Republic of China on Taiwan as a true friend of The Gambia. The vice president made these remarks on Friday at her office in State House where she received, on behalf of Jammeh Foundation for Peace (JFP), 216 white canes and 250 wheelchairs from the Phusian Educational Foundation, a Taiwanese NGO.

According to the vice president, Taiwan has touched the hearts of all Gambians in the health sector. "You are a true friend of The Gambia, this is what every Gambian is talking about. We value our relationship and friendship with you."

Madam Njie Saidy thanked the PhusianEducational Foundation for the gesture. She also hailed Taiwan for complementing President Jammeh's development endavours.

In his handing over speech, the Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia, H.E Richard Shih, expressed his pleasure in presenting the items. The presentation, which is the 5thof its kind, he said, is once again a manifestation of the closer ties between the people of Taiwan and The Gambia. Mr. Sulayman Badgie, Deputy Director JFP, said that the previous donations were distributed to several health facilities across the country.

Mr. Bai Matarr Drammeh, a board member of the foundation, hailed the Taiwanese embassy for the close collaboration with the country's private sector.

The occasion was chaired by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Welfare Dr. Malick Njie.