Qatar Embassy commemorates 144th National Day in Gambia
By Sulayman Waan
The Embassy of the State of Qatar in The Gambia on Thursday 15th December 2022 observed its 144th National Day at a ceremony held at Cocoa Ocean Hotel Resort in Bijilo.
The National Day celebration is a commemoration of the founding of the State of Qatar by Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Bin Thani on December 18, 1878, who established the foundation of the modern State of Qatar.
Under his leadership, Qatar became a cohesive entity and an independent unified country.
His Excellency, Faisal Bin Fald Al Ma’ana, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to The Gambia said the State of Qatar has always sought to enhance international peace and security through mediation aimed at resolving disputes by peaceful means and supporting development projects in various countries.
“The mediation of the State of Qatar in Sudan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chad, and other places has contributed to charting the path towards peace, stability, and development, not only in those countries but also at the regional and international level,” he said.
He said the State of Qatar firmly believes that peaceful means are the best way to resolve conflicts and end wars.
H.E. Al Ma’ana said since the normalization of diplomatic relations between the State of Qatar and The Gambia, the relations between the two countries has witnessed great development in various fields.
“In order to consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries, the two parties made mutual visits.” He said as a result of the visits the Qatar Fund for Development signed an agreement to support primary education in The Gambia.
“The agreement focuses on providing education opportunities within primary schools for children who are out of school. It also aims to enable access to education in primary schools for more than 66,000 out-of-school children,” he also said.
He thanked the Government, leadership, and people of The Gambia for the support they have provided to the Qatari mission.
Representing the minister of Foreign Affairs, Sering Modou Njie, Minister of Defense said: “The commemoration of 18th December 1878 is indeed a joyous occasion to celebrate the history of the State of Qatar and pay tribute to those who contributed towards Qatar becoming a great nation.”
He said The Gambia and the State of Qatar continue to enjoy excellent and fruitful relations at bilateral and multilateral in various fields of cooperation.
Concerning the economic and political front, he said The Gambia Government has received and continues to receive invaluable financial support from the State of Qatar and key among them includes $3 million that the Qatar Government supported to The Gambia for the implementation of the country’s transitional justice and donation of television equipment worth 10 million dalasis to The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS).
He added that in September 2022 the Qatar Fund for Development and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) signed a three-year agreement worth over 7 million US dollars. This project aims to return dropout among primary school pupils.
He further thanked the Government and the State of Qatar for successfully hosting the Federation for International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.