Monday, July 22, 2013

Gambia’s foreign policy is premised on maintenance of global peace

President Jammeh (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The Gambia’s foreign policy agenda is premised principally on the pursuit of and maintenance of global peace, security and the respect of each country’s sovereignty, Yahya Jammeh said on Sunday.

Speaking on the eve of his July 22 Coup Anniversary, 19 years on, the Gambian President said the maintenance of rapid and sustainable development depends on peace and security both at home and abroad.

“Our domestic policies will continue to be supported by a robust sustainable development agenda that will be backed by zero tolerance for crime, drugs, violence, ungodly and anti human satanic values such as homosexuality,” he said in an address to the nation.

He added: “These will always continue to be the basis for our foreign policy framework as we continue to promulgate and pursue socio-economic development that is indispensable to the realization of our supreme objective - the ultimate attainment of economic super power status”.

According to Jammeh, the country’s foreign policy agenda is anchored on the principle of being “a friend to all as much as possible and an enemy to none”.

The Gambia Government also strongly believes that any interaction between states should be based on the spirit of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty, according to Jammeh.

Jammeh, who seized power in a bloodless military coup on July 22, 1994, has vowed to continue promoting regional and international peace by any means including helping to restore peace to any conflict area around the world. 

In May, Jammeh proposes to the African Union (AU) to spare at least 10 years of its 2013 to 2063 development plan - as decades of African reconciliation and establishment of permanent peace in Africa.

“Without peace and stability, anything we desire will become an elusive dream,” he told the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On June 4, Jammeh argued that Japan shows more respect to Africa than the West.

 “Japan has never colonised any country in Africa,” he said following his return from the Japan-Africa summit held in Tokyo.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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