Gambia, Turkey sign new military training agreement

EYEAFRICA TV: Ankara, TURKEY:- Gambia and Turkey have on Wednesday signed an updated agreement in the field of military training after further negotiations between the two countries.

The two friendly nations will be cooperating in the field of military training and mechanism as part of the agreement signed in Turkey’s capital Ankara.

Turkey’s defense chief welcomed his Gambian counterpart with a guard of honor on Wednesday, according to the National Defense Ministry.

Turkey’s Hulusi Akar and Gambia’s Hon. Sheikh Omar Faye held a one-on-one meeting before inter-delegation talks, the ministry said in a statement.

Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler and Gambia’s Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Yankuba Drammeh also attended the meetings.

During the meetings, the two parties exchanged views on bilateral and regional security, defense issues and cooperation opportunities in the defense industry.

Eye Africa TV’s foreign affairs correspondent in Istanbul, Salim Saidy said cooperation agreement in the field of military training has been the driving force behind the 56-year old bilateral relations between the two countries.

“Turkey has been Gambia’s leading partner in the security sector since 1991. So, the training program will no doubt help the country to meet its security sector reform objectives,” he added.

Bilateral relations between Gambia and Turkey, which were initially advanced through exclusively in military domain as well as at the international fora such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), have become more comprehensive and multifaceted after the opening of embassies in Banjul and Ankara in 2011.

On the basis of friendly and fraternal relations existing between the two countries, many bilateral agreements, protocols and memorandums of understanding have been signed.

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