President Barrow urges ECOWAS to send strong message against terrorism

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President, Adama Barrow, has called on regional leaders of ECOWAS and the East Africa Economic Community (ECCAS) to send a clear message of warning to all extremist groups that the blocs are united and resolute in fighting and defeating terrorists and criminals.

The statement was made available to PANA on Tuesday by the Gambian presidency in Lome, Togo, at the joint ECOWAS-ECCAS summit on Peace, Security, and the fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism.

“We are resolute in our pursuit of and the elimination of all threats to our security,” President Barrow indicated, while presenting his government’s position on the topic of terrorism and violent extremism.

“Certainly, the subject of peace and security is so important because no region or country can achieve development and prosperity when the tenets of peace are eroded, and when instability, violent extremism and terrorism are allowed to flourish,” he said.

President Barrow also commended experts and ministers of the two regional economic blocs for their extensive deliberations on the innovative measures that could be implemented towards making the two regions more secure, safer and peaceful.

"It means they can also be better equipped or prepared to pursue desirable economic prosperity through sustainable transformations,"he submitted.

Gambia is a beneficiary of ECOWAS’s actions to restore peace and tranquility in the aftermath of the Presidential elections in December 2016. Hence, the President assured the Summit of his government’s readiness to work collaboratively with both ECOWAS and ECCAS towards implementing the recommendations that have emerged.
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31 يوليو 2018 14:22:51

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