The new United States ambassador to The Gambia Monday presented his letters of credence to the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh at State House.
Speaking to reporters shortly after presenting his letters of credence, Edward M 'Ned' Alford said he was honoured to present his letters of credence to the Gambian leader. He also revealed that he discussed with the president, the strong relationship that binds Banjul and Washington.
He continued: "A relationship built on history of students' exchange. Today, many Gambians studied and continue to study in America. Based on the history of the Peace Corps, so many young Americans have served here and gone back to the US, telling great stories about this country. We also discussed issue concerning economic ties."
Ambassador Alford also hailed the remarkable progress made in the areas of education, health and infrastructure, citing the generosity of the Gambian people.
"I've been here for several months now and I have a wonderful research of the hospitality and warmth of the Gambian people which is truly remarkable. I'm particularly impressed with what I call the Gambian model, where everybody gets along regardless of religion, ethnicity, which is something that is a sample for the entire world," he added.
Commenting on his topmost specific area of cooperation with The Gambia, Ambassador Alford said that one thing he is enthusiastic about is education. He promised to work hard to complement the efforts of the Gambia government in achieving the goal of primary education by 2015.
"If you look at this statistics, there has been remarkable progress in this areas," he said, and went on to disclose that he just returned from a tour of the countryside which took him to Basse, Farafenni and Brikama.
The US ambassador noted that young girls and boys in this country are going to school and learning well, adding that the best of the next generation of the country is getting a good education.