EYEAFRICA TV: Istanbul, TURKEY: The Gambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe is expected to hold a meeting with the Gambian community in the Republic of Turkey on Saturday.
Lawyer Darboe is currently in Turkey on a five-day official visit meant to gather support for the new government and further strengthen the long standing relations between the two countries.
He visited the Gambian embassy in Ankara and expected to persuade investors to explore the opportunities in the West African nation.
Salim Saidy, Eye Africa’s Middle East and European correspondent in Turkey said the visit comes at a time when Turkey is positioning itself well in the Muslim world.
Turkey considers Africa as its strategic partner and has helped the continent in the area of security, agriculture and education, he adds.
The Gambian top diplomat has met his Turkey counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and signed bilateral agreement in the area of information technology.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Turkey’s foreign Affairs minister hailed Gambia for successfully completing democratic transition of power following the peaceful elections.
According to him, the trade volume between Gambian and Turkey has increased tenfold this year, while calling on companies to invest in the West African country.
“Turkey will share its experiences with Gambia in the energy, agriculture and tourism sectors,” he said, asserting that Gambian government will provide all kinds of support to Turkish companies.
He said that the two countries enjoyed military cooperation and Turkey was providing support to Gambia in gendarmerie training.
To Darboe, the priority for his government is the efforts to revitalise the economy and improve national security.
He said that Turkey had supported Gambia in times of uncertainty and with its cooperation, it can achieve its goal of building an inclusive society and in fighting terrorism.
Referring to Turkey’s Maarif Foundation, which works to impart education in Gambia, he said that such efforts are beneficial in terms of “cultural exchange”.
By: Salim Saidy, Eye Africa’s Middle East and European correspondent