The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr Mamadou Tangara on Saturday 5thJanuary 2019, received the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, H.E Wang Yi.
His Excellency Wang Yi was on a two-day working visit to The Gambia.
Welcoming H.E Wang Yi and entourage at the bilateral meeting in Banjul Saturday, Honourable Tangara thanked China through the visiting Foreign Minister and assured him of Gambia’s recognition of the One-China policy.
“I have the singular honour to welcome you, our distinguished guest State Councillor Wang Yi and your entourage who are visiting the Gambia for the first time. Your Excellency, your maiden visit to The Gambia is the first high-level visit from the Government of The People’s Republic of China to The Gambia and as such, marks yet anothermilestone of ourfriendly cooperation which has grown from strength to strength over the past two years.
I also wish to extend, through you, the best regards and cordial greetings of The Gambian people to the brotherly people of China and do hope that this visit will be the first of many more to come in the future,” he told his counterpart H.E Wang Yi.
Dr Tangara said H.E Wang’s maiden visit to the Smiling Coast will translate into a new era of closer and stronger cooperation between our two governments and peoples.
“Through this visit today, we remain assured of the partnership and support of China, its government and people, as has been for the past two years.
We are confident that we will now move progressively towards cementing our bilateral gains by expanding the scope of cooperation in all areas of economic and technical cooperation. I wish to use this opportunity to recognise the good work that your Embassy, headed by Ambassador Ma Jianchun who recently assumed duties, are doing in representing your government in The Gambia,” Honourable Tangara added.
For his part, H.E Wang Yi thanked Foreign Minister Tangara for the warm welcome. He said there has been rapid progress of cooperation between The Gambia and China since the resumption of diplomatic ties in 2016.
Issued by the Communication Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad