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President Xi’s special envoy to attend Gambian presidential inauguration

A special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the inauguration ceremony of Gambian President Adama Barrow and Gambia’s independence day celebration in Banjul, on February 18.

Ma Peihua, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), will be the special envoy, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang at a press briefing.

Since China and Gambia resumed diplomatic relations in March 2016, the cooperation between the two countries has been comprehensively promoted in various fields, according to Geng.

“The resumption of China-Gambia diplomatic ties is in line with the fundamental interests of the two countries and their peoples,” Geng said.

China appreciates the new Gambian government’s adherence to the one-China policy, Geng stressed.

He said that China stands ready to work with Gambia to promote their all-round friendly cooperation to benefit both peoples.

The implementation of the outcomes of the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be an opportunity for bilateral cooperation, according to Geng.

Meanwhile, President Barrow, who defeated longtime President Yahya Jammeh in a December election but waited in neighboring Senegal because Jammeh refused to surrender power.

Barrow was supposed take power in Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on January 19. Instead, Jammeh stayed in office.

The defeated president, after initially conceding the election, announced on December 9 that he rejected the results, in part alleging foreign interference, and called for his country to vote again.

But the United Nations Security Council, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States backed Barrow as Jammeh’s elected successor.


Source: Xinhua | Updated Feb 16

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