|Ghana, Gambia To Strengthen Ties|
|Friday, 08 January 2010 09:33|
Foreign Minister, Alhaji Muhammed Mumuni has said that Ghana will continue to work towards strengthening bilateral relations with its West African neighbour, The Gambia.
He noted that the two countries traditionally have excellent relations and must not be destroyed by recent unfortunate incidents.
Relationship between Ghana and The Gambia has gone a bit frosty following the murder of some Ghanaians in Gambia in July 2005 under controversial circumstances.
However, the two countries have agreed to work towards recommendations of a fact-finding committee set up by ECOWAS and the UN to investigate the issue.
Receiving a delegation from The Gambia led by Ousman Jammeh, The Gambian Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Co-operation and Gambians Abroad, Alhaji Mumuni stated that unfortunate as the incident was, it is important to treat it with the highest attention to ensure justice in order not to leave any traces of impunity.
He said, the delegation from the Gambia is ample testimony that the government of The Gambia is committed to having the issue resolved amicably.
He said, there is also the need to comprehensively address the issue of human trafficking in the sub-region to help prevent future occurrences.
For his part, The Gambian Foreign Minister said, the incident is regrettable but said it has not affected the lives of Ghanaians living in The Gambia.
He said, the incident is an isolated one that should not destroy the good relations the two countries share.
He indicated that his government is appreciated of efforts that have been made by ECOWAS, the UN and the Federal Republic of Nigeria to help address the issue.
Source: Daily Graphic