Presidents Adama Barrow and Denis Sassou Nguesso

(JollofNews) – Gambia’s president Adama Barrow, accompanied by some senior government officials, has concluded a two-day friendly visit to the Republic of Congo aimed at cementing the friendly and brotherly relations between the African nations.

Mr Barrow was was received on arrival by his host, President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

In an interview with journalists upon arrival, the Gambian leader said it was on the basis of democratic principles that he vied for the elections  and it was on the same principles that the National Assembly elections was also conducted.  He further stated that the election was about change in the Gambia and it was well organized.  Responding on the reasons for his earlier visit to France, he informed them that it was at the invitation of the French President, Francois Hollande.

During the visit, the two heads of state expressed joy in the excellent friendly and brotherly relations which exist between them and called for it to be re-enforced between people of the two countries.

President Denis Sassou Nguesso renewed his congratulations to the Gambian people for the successful legislative election and commended its organization.  He further commended the efforts to promote peace, democracy and social cohesion in The Gambia.

President Barrow on his part took the opportunity to thank President Sassou Nguesso and his government for their role in consolidating democracy, peace and economic development of the Republic of Congo

He commended the role and actions taken by President Sassou Nguesso, as chairman of the African Union committee on the resolution of the crisis in Libya and wished him a successful mandate.   He also thanked his host for sending a strong delegation to his inauguration earlier in February.

Gambians living in Brazaville and Kinshasa were also at the airport to welcome President Barrow.

The two heads of state expressed concern on the persistent crises in African countries such as South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and the Central Africa Republic.  They pledged to work together to promote dialogue to guarantee peace and stability.   The heads of state affirmed their commitment to realize the 2063 Agenda which calls for the transformation of the continent and the construction of “the Africa we want”.  They took note of the importance of regional integration for the realization of the development objectives of the continent.

On global affairs, they renewed their commitment to fight terrorism, which threatens peace and security and retards development efforts.   To that effect, they expressed solidarity with all countries affected by the barbaric and violent acts of terrorist groups, and equally determined to support the International community in its efforts against this evil phenomenon.

The two heads of state equally reaffirmed their position as Africans on the proposed reform of the Security Council of the United Nations and on other matters of interest to Africa.

Representatives of the Gambian community comprising elders and youths in Brazaville and neighbouring Kinshasha, also took the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the Gambian leader.  They were led by the Gambian Honorary Consular in Congo, Haji Tunkara.  They expressed joy for the election of President Barrow as well as the recently concluded National Assembly elections in the Gambia.

During the visit President Sassou Nguesso also hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Gambian head of state, witnessed by senior Congolese government officials and diplomats.