18 December 2012

Gambia: GAF Is an Enthusiastic Partner - Says British High Commissioner

The British high commissioner to The Gambia has said that the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) is an enthusiastic partner willing to learn what the United Kingdom can help it with.

David Morley made this remark during an interview with Daily Observer at the GAF Training School at Fajara Barrack at the end of a weeklong training on insurgency and counter-insurgency for members of the armed and security services.

The training was organised by GAF in collaboration with the British High Commission. During the training personnel were introduced to skills in warfare, terrorism, insurgency, case studies on uprising in Algeria, Aden 1964-1967, the current British operation in Afghanistan, as well as the importance of the media.

High Commissioner Morley averred that the state of military ties between The Gambia and her former colony is cordial, noting that the latest counter-insurgency course is one example of the partnership the United Kingdom have with GAF and other agencies.

His continued: "The Gibraltar Royal Regiment is coming twice in a year running pre-deployment training for members of the Gambia Armed Forces, for deployment to Darfur. The United Kingdom managed to find a place for Gambian candidates in Royal Military Academy Sandhurts in the United Kingdom in 2012."

The UK diplomat assured that the United Kingdom will continue to support GAF. He said it is always important to see the range of partnership the United Kingdom has with The Gambia, while underscoring the significance of the training. He also spoke about the reputation of GAF in Darfur, adding that there is much expectation for GAF in Mali too.

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