Gambia’s Adama Barrow meets with Ghana & Liberia Presidents

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President Barrow in white with President Nana Addo, Picture courtesy

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow paid a working visit to President Akufo-Addo on Friday, April 28 at the seat of government, the Flagstaff House, in Accra, reports the Starr.

The meeting to deepen relations between the two West African nations focused on economic ties.

Barrow congratulated the Ghanaian leader for the role he played in peacefully resolving the electoral dispute in The Gambia.

Mr. Adama Barrow during bilateral talks with Nana Addo expressed his gratitude to the latter for the support during the post election impasse in The Gambia, saying :”I am pleased to come and visit you in Ghana as President, as a brother and as a friend…We all contested elections at the same period, we all won the election as opposition and both incumbents lost the fight…My message is to come and say thank you.”

President Nana Addo explained that he decided to support the ECOWAS mission with some 208 soldiers during the post-election impasse in The Gambia  because “the process of democratic consolidation in Africa requires that the region’s standards will support the Gambian people,” according to Citi FM.

Ghana was part of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international bodies that put pressure for the former President Yahya Jammeh to step down after 22 years in power and let the newly elected President take up his post.

The Gambian President, Mr. Adama Barrow was from a two-day official visit to the Liberian government. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, was on hand along with officials of government and members of the diplomatic and counselor corps to welcome the Gambian leader to Liberia.