Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow Wednesday called on the people of Guinea Bissau to reconcile and rally behind President Umaro Sissoco Embalo to develop their country.
President Barrow made the remarks upon his arrival in Bissau on a day’s official state visit.
He reminded the Bissau-Guineans that their founding fathers, such as Amilcar Cabral, fought for independence and it was about time they moved forward and worked together.
“My special advice is for you to reconcile and develop your country. Only one person can lead at a time and others should rally behind and support. President Embalo is a diplomat and can make a difference if given the chance.
“There cannot be democracy without Peace. Work together and educate your people,” he said.
President Barrow stated that the historic visit would consolidate the already existing ties between the two countries as well as his relationship with the Bissau President.
The Gambian leader also paid his respect to the founding fathers of Guinea-Bissau and other fallen heroes, by laying wreaths at their tombs in a military camp in Bissau.
At a press conference held at the State House, President Barrow echoed his call on ECOWAS member-states to improve on communication to ensure smooth integration within the region.
“We cannot integrate without communication,” he emphasised.
The Gambian president further urged Bissau-Guineans to put aside their tribal and political differences and work together for a prosperous Guinea.
He appealed to President Embalo as the leader to be tolerant and accept all his people as one, stating that after the presidency, it was his legacy that would be remembered as people still remembered leaders like Amilca Cabral.
President Embalo commended his Gambian counterpart for accepting his prompt invitation, which strengthened their strong ties as they shared cultural values and languages.
“We don’t need an interpreter, so he is not only my colleague as President but also a brother.”
He also declared that Gambians would not need laissez- passer to Guinea Bissau.
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