By Fatou Sillah
The Gambia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, His Excellency Mr. Pa Musa Jobarteh, presented his Letters of Credentials to His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at the Dutch Royal Palace in The Hague.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Jobarteh conveyed the greetings of His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia, to His Majesty the King. He also expressed his appreciation for the continued support, cordial relationship, and trust that exist between the Dutch people and Gambians, as demonstrated by the regular flow of Dutch tourists and philanthropists to the country.
Ambassador Jobarteh and the King then discussed matters of security, trade, and tourism. His Majesty the King congratulated the Ambassador on his assumption of duties and shared his affectionate recollection of The Gambia and its people. He also commended the government and people of The Gambia for their commitment to the democratic transition.
The Ambassador and the King agreed on the need for improved security in the region, which is key to development. Ambassador Jobarteh was accompanied to the Palace by his spouse and staff of the embassy.
The presentation of credentials is a formal ceremony in which a newly appointed ambassador presents their credentials to the head of state of the country to which they are accredited. It is a sign of the ambassador’s official recognition by the host country.