The Gambia`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Foreign Minister, Ousainou Darboe, and the Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce, Qian Keming, have signed a protocol on debt relief for The Gambia.
Although the statement did not mention details of the amount The Gambia owe to China, the Chinese media and news agencies such as Reuters seems to have missed this important part of Darboe`s visit.
The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told ChinaDaily that he invited Darboe to foster cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and other fields. However, the report did not mention anything about ‘debt relief’.
The report says China appreciates the new Gambian government’s firm adherence to the one-China principle and its commitment to friendship with China, Wang told visiting Gambian Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe during a meeting.
China is willing to work with the Gambian side to enhance mutual trust, expand people-to-people exchanges as well as strengthen coordination in global and regional affairs to push bilateral relations to a higher level, said Wang.
Darbo told ChinaDaily, The Gambian government and people highly appreciates the ideas and initiatives proposed by Chinese leader on China-Africa cooperation, and highly appreciates the support and assistance China has provided to the country.
Gambia will stick to the one-China policy, and is looking forward to pragmatic cooperation with China in various fields, he said.
According to the report, the two ministers signed an agreement on a consultation mechanism between the two ministries following their talks.
Later on Tuesday, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi also held a meeting with the Gambian delegation.
China and Gambia resumed diplomatic ties in March 2016 since the latter recognized that there is only one China and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory.
Invited by Wang, Darboe is paying a week-long official visit to China from July 31 to August 6. It is Darboe’s first China tour since the new Gambian government took office earlier this year.