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Taiwanese defence minister arrives today

Dec 13, 2010, 11:17 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) H.E. Hua-Chu Kao is leading a 6-person delegation to visit The Gambia from 13 to 16 December 2010.

According to a press release issued by the Taiwanese Embassy in Banjul, the visiting minister is on a mission to further strengthen the brotherhood and partnership between the two countries.

"During his visit, H.E. Minister Kao is scheduled to have an audience with the Gambian President H.E. Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, and to pay a visit to the Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Alh. Mamadou Tangara, and the Gambian Chief of Defense Staff Lt. General Masanneh Kinteh," said the news release.

H.E. Minister Kao's delegation comprises Hon. Cheng-Hong Shen, Deputy Director-General of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other high-ranking officials from the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation will exchange views with their Gambian counterparts over the implementation of various bilateral projects, especially in military cooperation, which has seen exchanges of visit of military officers, Gambian cadets education/training in Taiwan, and the handing-over of four high-speed patrol boats to The Gambia.

Since the restoration of their diplomatic ties in 1995, The Gambia and Taiwan have developed a genuine partnership in better serving the common interests of their peoples. In recent years, they have been extending the fields of cooperation from agriculture, education and training, health, and infrastructure development to safety and security, and environmental protection, among others.