Panafrican News Agency

President Erdogan pledges Turkey’s support to The Gambia

Banjul, Gambia (PANA)   -  Turkey’s President Recep Tayyib Erdogan, who arrived Monday in The Gambia for a day’s visit, has vowed that his country’s will continue to  support the tiny West African nation.

President Erdogan is in Banjul to facilitate and review the bilateral relations between Banjul and Ankara and also to map out ways of strengthening collaboration of development cooperation at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

Speaking at a news conference shortly after a closed-door meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow, Erdogan said: “We are more than ready to cement cooperation [with The Gambia].”

He praised Gambia’s action in taking Myanmar government to the International Court of Justice ensuring that Myanmar minority Muslims earned justice.

Erdogan, who becomes first Turkey’s president to visit The Gambia, said his country was strengthening its economic relationship with Africa in areas like energy, agriculture, health, tourism and construction sector.

He assumed office in 2014.

President Adama Barrow expressed delight about the long-time friend saying: “Your government demonstrated strong support to our transitional program with military support to the sum of 17 million US dollars for the period of five years.”

“My government is ready to enhance and explore economy agreement with Turkey through foreign direct investment,” he said.


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