President Adama Barrow has reiterated the Gambia’s support for Palestine as he called for an immediate unconditional ceasefire to prevent more bloodshed.
“The Gambia is committed to finding political and economic solutions to creating a just, peaceful, and better world for all. Therefore, we reiterate our support for our Palestinian brothers and sisters and call for an immediate unconditional ceasefire to prevent more bloodshed,” the Gambian leader stressed as he delivered a statement at the 8th OIC Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“The Palestinian people have been fighting for their rights for over seventy-five (75) years. As we speak, there is a huge loss of life and injuries to many innocent citizens, including women and children in Palestine. The massive destruction of property is unimaginable,” President Barrow bemoaned.
“In our view, the best option for a peaceful settlement of this dispute is a Comprehensive Peace Accord based on the “two-state solution”, with Israel and Palestine existing as two independent sovereign states, side by side in peace, justice, and harmony. We re-echo our call to give peace a chance by demonstrating commitment, solidarity, and cooperation,” he underlined. He continued: “We call for an urgent International Peace Conference for a lasting solution to the Palestinian problem. Meanwhile, we appeal to the International Community to compel the occupying force to abide by the tenets of the peace process, International Law, International Humanitarian Law, and UN Security Council Resolutions. Long Live peace, stability, and good neighborliness between Israel and Palestine!”
Meanwhile, addressing the Africa-Saudi Summit in Riyadh, President Barrow applauded the efforts made to sustain the “excellent” fraternal ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and The Gambia.
“Our laudable and mutually beneficial consultative and cooperation initiatives clearly manifest this. Our shared values have cemented our relations as members of many global and regional organizations to uplift human dignity and improve our socio-economic environment. Through such networks, we continue to renew our commitment to the cause of humanity, peace, and stability. In this respect, we thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their numerous humanitarian interventions in The Gambia and invaluable contributions to the welfare of our people. In particular, we thank the Kingdom for all the funding we received through the Saudi Fund for Development to host the 15th OIC Summit in The Gambia,” the Gambian leader acknowledged.
He gave Saudi Arabia the assurance that The Gambia supports the Kingdom in hosting the 2030 EXPO, expressing joy that the Kingdom has acquired the right to do so. He pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia equally deserves to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034.
“We congratulate them heartily!” he stated.
“I must, at this Summit, reiterate our continued solidarity with the Kingdom to confront threats against its sovereignty and security. Also, we support their efforts to normalise relations with their neighbours. As peace-loving countries, The Gambia and Saudi Arabia share a similar vision for global peace,” the President emphasized.
He commended the Kingdom for their peace endeavors in Sudan and expressed appreciation for the evacuation to Jeddah of Gambian nationals trapped in Khartoum at the outbreak of the conflict.
President Barrow said that The Gambia looks forward to new openings to boost its relationship through Agreements on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Recruitment of Public and Domestic Workers following the Air Transport Services and Bilateral Cooperation signed between the two countries,
“In addition, signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Exemption of Visa for Saudi Nationals will further enhance travel and investment opportunities in The Gambia. Like the Kingdom under its “Vision 2030”, The Gambia Government is prioritising such sectors as agriculture, the digital economy, and tourism to achieve the sustainable development goals. Additionally, to attract more domestic and Foreign Direct Investments, we have legal frameworks that guarantee the protection of investments and businesses in The Gambia,” he added.
The Gambian leader said hosting the Saudi-Africa and Arab-Africa Summits in Riyadh indicates the commitment to the development aspirations of Africa.
“I hope the Summit will build on the foundation already laid between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the continent and will take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area initiative. We expect that it will also unlock the potential of millions of people to contribute to the continent’s sustainable economic development goals,” he added.
He underscored that The Gambia supports the UN Resolution, calling for the unconditional ceasefire and release of all hostages.
“Likewise, we call for an International Peace Conference for Comprehensive Peace to resolve the fight for a Two-State Solution, with Palestinians and Israelis living side-by-side in peace and harmony. Meanwhile, we wish our Palestinian brothers and sisters victory in their quest for Sovereignty and full Independence,” he stated.