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President Mahama pays solidarity visit to Gambia


Accra, Jan. 26, GNA – The Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President John Dramani Mahama, on Sunday stopped over in Banjul, Gambia, on a short solidarity visit following an attempted coup in the small West African country.

He was accompanied by the Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea Mcintosh.

 A release from Flagstaff House copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) quoted President Mahama as saying that his visit, though brief, was to show ECOWAS' solidarity with President Yahya Jammeh and the people of The Gambia.

"In the African tradition, if anything happens in your brother's house you have to go and visit and make sure that things are okay, and that is why I came. You also know that our ECOWAS protocols do not support violent overthrow of governments, so we want to remind all member states of the protocols that ECOWAS has, that change of government must be through democratic means and as far as possible we should try and abide by that", the ECOWAS Chair told journalists.

 President Mahama was received at the Banjul International Airport by The Gambian leader, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, hundreds of Ghanaians living in The Gambia and Gambian nationals.

 He inspected a Guard of Honour mounted by The Gambian Armed Forces both on arrival and before his departure. The almost three-hour stop over, according to Gambian officials, was a major step by President Mahama and ECOWAS to demonstrate its support and cooperation with member states.

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