President Bai Koroma arrives in Gambia

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone on Thursday arrived in the Gambia for a two-day working visit.

He was met on arrival at the Banjul International Airport by his Gambian counterpart, President Adama Barrow.

Koroma is the first President that the Gambian leader will host since coming to power in an election last December.

During his two-day visit, President Koroma will join his host at the launching of the QCity in Bijilo and a dinner in his honour at the 40th anniversary celebration of the West African Insurance Institute.  

The Sierra Leonean President will also attend a meeting with the Sierra Leonean Community in the Gambia.

Presidents Barrow and Koroma will have a tête-à-tête, to be followed by a joint press conference at State House in Banjul on Friday.  

Before returning home late Friday, President Koroma will commission the West African Insurance Institute’s building and attend the institute’s graduation ceremony amongst other engagements.

Meanwhile, President Koroma was amongst the ECOWAS head of states who worked tirelessly to ensure that The Gambia went through a peaceful transition and avoided bloodshed when the former president, Yahya Jammeh, overturned his decision to accept the 2016 presidential elections results, leading to a political impasse.

Sierra Leone and The Gambia have a long history of relationship, bound by colonialism, culture and intermarriage. The two countries have supported each other in difficult times during the war in Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak and in the recent flood in which many lives were lost and many maimed.  

President Koroma is the fourth and current President of Sierra Leone and he is serving the end of his second term as President since he was first elected in 2007.

He is amongst the African leaders who are promoting democracy and good governance by respecting term limits in Africa. President Koroma is not vying for the presidency in the upcoming elections in Sierra Leone. He is 64 years old, married with children.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 30Nov2017

30 novembre 2017 15:03:59

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