The new Bissau Guinean leader, H.E Jose Mario Vaz has thanked his Gambian counterpart, H.E Sheikh Prof. Alh. Dr. Yahya Jammeh for his generous donation of 12 new brand vehicles, meant to ease the logistical constraints of his new administration.
The vehicles, seven brand new Pajeros, four Ford Saloon cars and a Nissan were presented to President Vaz on behalf of The Gambian leader by the Transport, Works, Infrastructure and National Assembly Matters minister, Bala Garba Jahumpa during a ceremony held at the Bissau-Guinean president's residence in Bissau.
President Vaz thanked The Gambian leader for this latest gesture, describing him as a brother whose advice he has always taken seriously. He attested to the fact that Guinea Bissau and The Gambia enjoy a longstanding fruitful relationship and promised to build on that. Minister Bala Garba Jahumpa at the presentation ceremony said, that the donation was meant to ease the logistical constraints of the new government of Bissau, which he said is a manifestation of President Jammeh's Pan-Africanist stance. He pledged The Gambian leader's continuous support to the government and the people of Guinea Bissau so that lasting peace can return to the country.
Guinea Bissau and The Gambia have a long history of fruitful relationships dating back to the colonial period. Despite the difference in their official language, both countries share so many things in common, ethnicity, traditions and culture. The Gambian leader was among 11 heads of states from the sub-region that attended President Vaz's inauguration.