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Gambia Resumes Diplomatic Ties with China

The Islamic Republic of The Gambia has resumed diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China following the signing of a joint communiqué in Beijing.

Gambian Foreign Minister Honourable Neneh MacDouall – Gaye and her Chinese counter Wang Yi on Thursday March 17, 2016 signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.

The press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads:

In what would be described as a colourful ceremony, the Hon. Mrs. Neneh MacDouall – Gaye, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia together with her Chinese counterpart His Excellency Mr. Wang Yi today signed a Joint Communiqué establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries at ambassadorial level.

Prior to the signing ceremony held in Beijing, the two Foreign Ministers and members of their delegation held bilateral talks on issues of mutual interest. The meeting which lasted over an hour was centered on key areas of cooperation including Agriculture, Fisheries, Trade and Investment, Infrastructural development,  Health, Education, Aviation and Transport, Tourism and Cultural exchanges and other specific projects. The two Foreign Ministers seized the opportunity to recognise and commend the leaders of the two countries – His Excellency Sheikh Prof. Dr. Alhaji Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh Babili Mansa and His Excellency Xi Jinping for their political will, exemplary initiative and important decision to reestablish diplomatic relations.

The two Foreign Ministers also held a joint press conference after which Hon. Foreign Minister MacDouall – Gaye and her delegation were hosted to an official banquet by her Chinese Counterpart.

As part of her engagements the Honourable Minister was also received in audience by His Excellency the Vice President of the Peoples Republic of China H.E. Mr. Li Yuanchao during which they both reiterated their governments’ desire to closely work together to consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries at all levels for mutual benefit as envisioned by the leaders of the two countries.”

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