22 November 2012

Gambia: 'President Jammeh's Commitment Important for Peace '

Father Angelo Romano of the Community of Saint Egidio based in Italy has described President Jammeh as a very wise and peaceful man whose commitment is very important for the progress of peace in the region.

Father Romano, who is an Italian-based Catholic organisation head for Western Africa, was speaking at the presidency Wednesday shortly after meeting the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh.

He said his mission to Banjul among other things is to seek advice from the Gambian leader on the crisis affecting some of the countries in the region particularly in Western Africa.

"As an organisation involved in dialogue for peace and cooperation and deeply committed to peace in all areas, we thought that it was very important to have a meeting with President Jammeh because he is a key person and a very important actor in the region. We wanted his very wise advice about some of the crisis affecting the region, most especially in Western Africa," Father Romano told reporters.

According to him, apart from the crisis discussion, he had also discussed many things with the Gambian leader, as he (President Jammeh)is a person who is very much interested in many fields and a religious man who is able to find a common ground between different religions and different visions about the society and the world.

Asked about his impressions of his meeting President Jammeh, Father Angelo said he was very much impressed, as the meeting was successful and he was warmly welcomed.He added: "The Gambia is a very nice country and most especially, it is a country with a very good leadership, a leadership with a vision that is working for the best for the country.

Community of Saint Egidio

The Community of Saint Egidio is a Christian community that is officially recognised by the Catholic Church following the Second Vatican Council in Rome in 1968. Today, it is a movement of lay people and has more than 60, 000 members, dedicated to evangelisation and charity in Rome and in more than 73 countries throughout the world including Western Africa.

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