The Japanese ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary based in Dakar and accredited to The Gambia, Wednesday held talks with the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yayha AJJ Jammeh, at State House in Banjul.
Shortly after their closed-door session, Ambassador Hiroshi Fukada told reporters that his discussions with the Gambian leader were centered on the longstanding relations between Banjul and Tokyo. "We have also discussed about the three main areas of Japan's intervention in The Gambia," he said, while making reference to Tuesday's handing over of equipment worth D2.5 billion to the Gambia government.
He said his country supports The Gambia with disaster materials, water supply equipment, and also food aid in the form of Japanese rice. "These three projects amount to more than D550M and I hope this assistance would help to contribute to the development of the country in taking necessary measures to tackle disaster, food shortage, among other things," Ambassador Fukada added.
He continued: "It is really a pleasure for me to come to The Gambia on a very important and memorable moment of the 48th Independence Anniversary. I am honoured to have an audience with His Excellency the president. I used the opportunity to renew our friendly cooperation."
Invitation to Japan
The Japanese diplomat disclosed that he has also delivered on behalf of his government, an invitation for the Gambian leader to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development which will be held in June this year.
"We have invited the president to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development that would be held in June this year and I am very pleased that he has accepted to attend the conference. His leadership will contribute very much to deepening The Gambia-Japan relations, as well as commitment and engagement in the international community," he concluded.