Gambian leader, new U. S. envoy discuss anti-terrorism cooperation

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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and the newly appointed U. S. ambassador to the West African country, Pemela Ann White, on Tuesday discussed anti-terrorism cooperation in the region, officials said.

During their close-door discussions, they reached common ground on a firm stance against terrorism and illicit drugs, according to the U.S. envoy.

White made the remarks shortly after presenting her letters of credence to President Jammeh, whom she described as very honest and very open about the bilateral relations between Banjul and Washington.

"During our closed-door discussion, we both held common ground on the firm stance on terrorism and anti-terrorism, as well as the 'definitive no to illicit drugs,' something I described as the right policy," said the U. S. ambassador.

The discussions also centered on women and their role, the diplomat said. "We all agreed that having women getting into secondary schools was a central thing, but the education for all was necessary to make the country grow," she added.

Source: Xinhua


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