Friday, January 27

UDP big guns discuss salient issues with EU delegation

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Ambassador Corrado PAMPALONI, Head of the European (EU) Delegation to The Gambia, accompanied by Mr Stephane MEERT, Head of Cooperation and First Counsellor at EU Delegation, received on Wednesday 11 January 2023 a UDP delegation comprising Mr Lamin Manneh, Deputy Secretary External Affairs of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Mrs Ramzia Diab-Ghanem, former NAM and Ambassador, and Mr Lamin Comma, former Commissioner.

The two delegations discussed matters of common interest, including political and economic stability of the country, democratic governance, pending reforms announced by the country in 2017, human rights, freedom of expression and other fundamental and constitutionally-guaranteed rights of citizens.

The two delegations also discussed the need to upscale the representation of women in national politics.  Past and upcoming elections were also discussed as well as the need to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.

The European Delegation indicated that its mandate includes consultations with all the major stakeholder and players of the national scene.

The meeting was very cordial and lasted over an hour. The two parties agreed to consult on a regular basis henceforth.