By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Friday, January 17, 2020.
Guinea Bissau’s newest President, Umaro Cissoko Embalo has paid a visit to the Republic of The Gambia, National Telegraph has learned. President Umaro Cissoko Embalo was received, Monday, January 13, 2020, by his Gambian counterpart, Adama Barrow at the State House in Banjul, Gambia’s capital.
Speaking at a panel discussion with journalists and members of the State House, Cissoko Embalo talked about the Gambia-Senegal-Guinea Bissau ties pledging his commitments to a borderless bloc between these three countries.
He further gave assurances that relationship ties between Guinea Bissau and The Gambian government will be further strengthened in areas like health, tourism, education, culture, and agriculture.
“The Gambia and Bissau are not only neighbors but closer than that and I will make it my priority to further those relegations. Once I am inaugurated, we do not want any Laissez-passer between Banjul and Bissau. We want no borders between our citizens. This is my own decision,” he said.
He also noted that both countries have a lot to do together. “Bissau has a lot to do in those areas with Banjul, and we are ready to learn from Gambia’s business experiences as well as strengthened security cooperation.”, he said.
To him, the future between these countries is bright especially following years of political instability. “The new generation of Bissau Guineans will not repeat mistakes that keep their population in cycles of conflict for decades,” he added.
The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Alternation and former Prime Minister was just recently declared the winner of the presidential election after he won with 53.55 percent of votes beating his rival Domingos Simoes Pereira, head of the country’s ruling PAIGC party, who earned took 46.45 percent in the runoff.