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Welcome, new ambassadors!

Dec 1, 2010, 1:16 PM

In recent days, we have seen up to ten new ambassadors on diplomatic missions in this country.

This is a most welcomed development, and a good sign of the success of the country’s foreign policy.

On Monday of this week alone, the ambassadors of the governments of USA, Mauritania, South Korea, Brazil, Mali, and a host of others presented their credentials to the Gambian leader.

Going through the CVs of some of the new diplomats, we have no doubt that they would further strengthen the relationship between The Gambia and their respective countries.

We welcome them all to The Gambia well known as the Smiling Coast of Africa, and  would like to please feel at home.

As a developing country, the Gambia needs more genuine and sincere friends that can help Gambians achieve their development aspirations.

We would be looking forward to the respective countries working with The Gambia in many areas, especially in the priority sectors of education, health and agriculture.

Women empowerment, promoting human rights and democracy and good governance are also critical areas that we hope some of the new envoys would be working on.

Our relations should be based on trust and mutually rewarding cooperation.

One thing that is fundamental in diplomacy is that countries have to be realistic in their dealings, and be prepared to support each other in areas of common interest.

Since no nation can stand alone as an island in today’s world of globalization, we commend the kind of initiatives that create such friendships.

We also wish to encourage the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad to continue seeking more good friends for this country in pursuit of the best interest of the citizenry.

Once more, we say to the new envoys - Welcome to The Gambia!