PRESS RELEASE, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
His Excellency President Adama Barrow, accompanied by some senior government officials, made a
two day friendly visit to the Republic of Congo to cement the friendly and brotherly relations
between the Republic of The Gambia and the Republic of Congo. The visit was at the invitation of
his Congolese counterpart.
Upon arrival at the airport, he was received by his host, His Excellency, President Denis Sassou
Nguesso. Gambians living in Brazaville and Kinshasa were also at the airport to welcome President
During an interview with journalists upon arrival, the Gambian leader said the purpose of the visit
was to strengthen the relations with his African counterpart. On the state of affairs in The Gambia,
President Barrow told them it was on the basis of democratic principles that he vied for the elections
and it was on the same principles that the National Assembly elections was also conducted. He
further stated that the election was about change in The Gambia and it was well organized.
Responding on the reasons for his earlier visit to France, he informed them that it was at the
invitation of the French President, Francois Hollande.
During the visit, the two Heads of State expressed joy in the excellent friendly and brotherly relations
which exists between them and called for it to be re-enforced between people of the two countries.
President Denis Sassou Nguesso renewed his congratulations to the Gambian people for the
successful legislative election and commended its organization. He further commended the efforts to
promote peace, democracy and social cohesion in The Gambia.
President Barrow on his part took the opportunity to thank President Denis Sassou Nguesso and his
government for their role in consolidating democracy, peace and economic development of the
Republic of Congo. H. E Mr. Adama Barrow commended the role and actions taken by President
Denis Sassou Nguesso, as Chairman of the AU committee on the resolution of the crisis in Libya and
wished him a successful mandate. He also thanked his host for sending a strong delegation to his
inauguration earlier in February.
The two Heads of State expressed concern on the persistent crises in African countries such as South
Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Central Africa Republic. They pledged to work
together to promote dialogue to guarantee peace and stability. The Heads of State affirmed their
commitment to realize the 2063 Agenda which calls for the transformation of the Continent and the
construction of “the Africa we want”. They took note of the importance of regional integration for
the realization of the development objectives of the continent.
On global affairs, they renewed their commitment to fight terrorism, which threatens peace and
security and retards development efforts. To that effect, they expressed solidarity with all countries
affected by the barbaric and violent acts of terrorist groups, and equally determined to support the
International community in its efforts against this evil phenomenon.
The two Heads of State equally reaffirmed their position as Africans on the proposed reform of the
Security Council of the United Nations and on other matters of interest to Africa.
Representatives of the Gambian community comprising elders and youths in Brazaville and
neighbouring Kinshasha, also took the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the Gambian leader.
They were led by the Gambian Honorary Consular in Congo, Haji Tunkara. They expressed joy for
the election of President Barrow as well as the recently concluded National Assembly elections in
During the visit President Sassou Nguesso also hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Gambian
Head of State, witnessed by senior Congolese government officials and diplomats.
At the end of the visit, H.E. Mr. Adama Barrow thanked the President, government and the People of
Congo for the brotherly reception and honor accorded to him and his delegation.
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