President Barrow engages US envoy on religious freedoms, FGM, Rohingya support

His Excellency President Adama Barrow of The Gambia met with the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Rashad Hussain, marking a significant step in bilateral relations. Ambassador Hussain, currently on his second visit to the nation, engaged in crucial discussions at the Presidential Office in Banjul aimed at strengthening ties and addressing pertinent issues.

The meeting was underscored by a shared commitment to enhancing cooperation between The Gambia and the United States. Central to the talks was a focused dialogue on The Gambia’s proposed repeal of the law prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Ambassador Rashad Hussain expressed apprehension regarding this potential reversal, emphasizing the importance of protecting the rights and dignity of women and girls.

During the exchange, Ambassador Rashad extended sincere gratitude to The Gambia for its steadfast support of the Rohingya, one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. He commended The Gambia’s initiative in pursuing justice through the International Court of Justice to address the grave human rights violations against the Rohingya population.

President Barrow reiterated his dedication to collaborative efforts with the United States in advancing religious freedom and democratic principles. The Ambassador-at-Large’s role in monitoring global religious freedoms, persecution, and discrimination underscores the significance of this high-level engagement in Banjul.

The discussions signify a pivotal moment in diplomatic relations, highlighting mutual interests in safeguarding fundamental rights and advancing international justice. President Barrow’s commitment to partnership underscores The Gambia’s strategic outlook toward promoting democracy and human rights on the global stage.

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