The Gambian President, Adama Barrow will today [Friday] pay a day’s visit to Ghana where he is expected to hold bilateral talks with President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff house. Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin told Citi News, the Gambian leader is also in Ghana to thank President Akufo-Addo for the role he played in ensuring that democracy was restored in his country. There had been heightened tensions in The Gambia, after long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh, rejected the results of their December 1, 2016 election, weeks after he had conceded defeat to the opposition leader, Adama Barrow.
Yahya Jammeh eventually stepped down under pressure from ECOWAS and the AU. Ghana contributed 208 soldiers to the ECOWAS mission with a mandate to keep the peace in The Gambia amidst the post-election impasse.
“He [Adama Barrow] is here basically to thank President Akufo-Addo for the intervention he made during the post-electoral impasse that ensued in The Gambia,” Mr. Arhin said. “Ghana, together with Senegal and Nigeria sent troops to enforce the will of the Gambian people and that virtually resulted in him being inaugurated and installed as the President of Gambia.” President Barrow is also here “to have bilateral discussions as to how the two countries can cooperate in terms of areas of trade and other bilateral relations that two counties may want to have under the leadership of the two presidents,” Mr. Arhin added.
Source: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline