28 January 2013

Ethiopia: Govt, Gambia to Form Joint Ministerial Commission

Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom and his Gambian counterpart, Mme Susan Waffa-Ogoo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a Joint Ministerial Commission on Monday (January 28th).

Dr. Tedros hailed the signing of the MoU as a symbol of Gambian commitment to the relationship between the two countries and proof of strength of the bilateral relations. Dr. Tedros underlined the importance of elevating the links between the two countries "by exploring fresh opportunities as well as building on a network of activities that will strengthen our bilateral relations".

He mentioned last year's General Cooperation Agreement and the trade agreement between Ethiopia and Gambia as well as the MoU on Tourism and Culture signed on Sunday (January 27th) and the twinning agreement which is in the pipeline, as instruments that could provide further incentives for more economic and cultural exchanges.

The MoU on Tourism and Culture was signed on Sunday by Amin Abdulkadir, Minister of Culture and Tourism and the Gambian Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mrs. Fatou Mas Jobe-Nije. Mme Waffa-Ogoo assured Dr. Tedros that the Gambian government would do its level best to implement the agreements. She said Gambia valued the relationship and it firmly believed that bilateral relations were the building blocks to the unity of the continent.

Mme Waffa-Ogoo also expressed Gambia's interest to work with Ethiopia in aligning the position of the two countries on international issues of common interest.

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