The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on Wednesday 7 April held an audience with the Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, in his office in Banjul.
The Hon. Minister warmly welcomed Dr. Zerbo to his office and indicated that the interface would strengthen interaction between his organisation and The Gambia. The Minister informed Dr. Zerbo that with the support of the National Assembly, The Gambia would ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test- Ban Treaty. The Minister reiterated the strong support of The Gambia to the CTBTO and for its entry in force.
He assured Dr. Zerbo of the full support and collaboration of the Government of The Gambia whilst calling on African counterparts to support the appointment of Africans in key positions at international organisations. Foreign Minister Tangara added that The Gambia would fulfil its obligation to the organisation noting that the country has a voice to secure in the process of non-proliferation of nuclear tests.
For his part, the Executive Secretary of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, hailed the honourable Minister for the stance he took in defence of the continent’s interest on the global stage. He used the opportunity to emphasise the need for Gambia’s ratification of the treaty.
It could be recalled that the organisation was established 25 years ago by the United Nations Security Council with the ultimate intention of banning nuclear tests in the world.
Also present at the meeting was the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Habib T. Jarra and Director European Affairs Division, Mr. Ebrima Mboob.
Issued by the Communication Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad