The Gambia government has finally formalized the diplomatic ties it reached with Russia, with the opening of a Gambian Embassy in Moscow, the Freedom Newspaper can report. “It is a proud moment for the two countries and our two leaders,” said Ms. Mam Bamba Njie Keita, Gambia’s Deputy Secretary General, who headed a delegation to Russia to officially commission the new Gambian mission. Ms. Keita was accompanied by a four member delegation to Moscow to officiate the Embassy.
In a brief speech at the commissioning of the new Gambian chancery in Moscow, Mr. Habib Jarra, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the two countries have been collaborating in the areas of critical national interest such as tourism, International Diplomacy, Education, and other sectors of national development. Mr. Jarra is convinced that the two nations stand to gain significantly, following the formalization of the diplomatic ties between the Russian Federation and Banjul.
Mr. Lamin Manga, who is the Russian Consul General in Banjul and GRTS Deputy DG, also held meetings with the Russian officials. Mr. Manga marketed Gambia’s image during the opening of the embassy.
Meanwhile, The Gambian flag is flying on the top of the roof of the Embassy. Russia is yet to open an Embassy in Banjul.
Sources close to the Banjul delegation said Gambia also wants to collaborate with Russia in the area of security, investment, and trade. Russia normally supplies arms and provide security to its allies. A credible source, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity said a military training package was part of the deal signed in Moscow.