Diplomats describe Ambassador Fadera as ‘phenomenal leader’

Feb 28, 2022, 11:53 AM

A number of diplomats representing countries in the United States of America and leaders of organisations on Wednesday 23 February paid tributes to the late Ambassador of The Gambia to the United States of America, His Excellency Dawda Docka Fadera who passed on 20 February 2022.

This came on the heels of the opening of the Book of Condolence at the Embassy which starts on 23 February to 2 March, 2022.

In his tribute to the late Ambassador, the Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia, H.E. Lazarous Kapambwe, said: “It is with the greatest shock and sadness that we learnt of your passing. On behalf of the people of Zambia, we convey sincere condolences to the family and people of The Gambia on this untimely death. May the good Lord grant you all the mercies and may your soul rest in God’s eternal peace.”

The Ambassador of Mauritius, His Excellency P. Jhugroo said: “It is with great sorrow that I had learnt of the demise of H.E. Dawda Docka Fadera who had dedicatedly worked for his country and its people. He had served with great zeal and enthusiasm leading to his successful career as a civil servant and seasoned diplomat. On behalf of the people of the Republic of Mauritius and myself, I wish to convey our sincere sympathy to the people of The Gambia and his family. May his soul rest in peace.”

The Ambassador of Malawi, Esme Chombo, said: “It is with sadness that we learnt of the passing on of His Excellency the Ambassador. May the Lord comfort the family and the people of The Gambia for the great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them”. 

Ambassador Lamin Faati, Deputy Permanent Representative at The Gambia Permanent Mission to the United Nation in New York in his tribute said: “To Allah we belong and to him is our final return. On the sad occasion of the demise of Ambassador Dawda Fadera, allow me to express on behalf of the entire staff of the Permanent Mission of The Gambia to the United Nations and on my own behalf, we express our profound condolences to the family of the deceased. Ambassador Fadera is an illustrious son of The Gambia, a true professional, a consummate diplomat and a great human being. We mourn his demise and we pray that Allah (SWT) has mercy on his gentle soul and grants him Jannatul Firdaus. Allahumma ameen.” 

The Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Congo, Mrs. Firmine Bouity said, “It is with deep sorrow that the African Diplomatic Corps (ADC) and the Embassy of the Rep. of Congo have been informed of the passing of H.E. Dawda Docka Fadera. Dismayed by this sad news, on behalf of ADC, I would like to present my sincere and deepest condolences to all the people of The Gambia and to the bereaved family as well. H.E. Dawda Fadera, who was not only a colleague, will be remembered by his dedication to work. Indeed, the ADC lost a distinguished and diplomatic figure. Rest in Peace dear Colleague Ambassador. This is on behalf of H.E. Serge Mombouli, AE. & P of the Republic of Congo and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corp”. 

The Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, Her Excellency Hanene Tajouri Bessassi, extended the deepest condolences of the Government of the people of Tunisia to the Government of The Gambia on the demise of Ambassador Fadera. He was described as a phenomenal leader who served the Group of African Ambassadors with distinction.

For the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Her Excellency, Cisse Chekh Baide “we learnt with dismay and deep sorrow the sudden demise of our colleague and brother His Excellency Dawda Docka Fadera, Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to the United States of America. In this painful circumstance I would like to present on behalf of the Mauritanian people, my colleagues at the Embassy and myself sincere condolences to the bereaved family, embassy staff and to all the brotherly people of The Gambia. May God welcome him into His vast paradise.   

The Charge d’Affaire of the Republic of Sudan who deputised for the Ambassador, Ismat K. Gabbani said: “We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept on behalf of the staff of the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C. our deepest and sincere condolences. May God the Almighty rest Ambassador Fadera’s soul in eternal peace.

The Charge d’ Affaires a.i of the Republic of the Embassy of Mali said: “It is to God that we belong and it is to Him that we return. On February 20, 2022, I learned with great sadness the demise of His Excellency Dawda Docka Fadera, Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to the United States of America. On this painful occasion, on behalf of the President of the Transition, and the people of Mali, The Embassy offers its deepest condolences to The Gambia Government and to the family of the illustrious diplomat. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace.” 

Representative of the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Motaz Zahran, said: “Please accept, on my own behalf and on behalf of all the Embassy staff and on behalf of the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, our deepest heartfelt condolences for the sad loss of our dear colleague, H.E. Dawda Docka Fadera, Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia in Washington, D.C. May he rest in peace. I trust that the memory of his diligent services to his Nation and the people of The Gambia will always be remembered. Once again, please accept our deepest condolences to the Embassy and all the friendly people of the Republic of The Gambia.”

Tributes continue to pour at the Embassy offices in Washington, D.C.  in honour of the H.E. Ambassador Fadera. 

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