State House, Banjul, 8th April 2021:
His Excellency President Adama Barrow today received in audience the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), Dr. Lassina Zerbo, at the State House in Banjul.
Following a closed-door meeting with the President, Dr. Zerbo said President Barrow showed commitment to having The Gambia ratify the CTBTO treaty. He added that “H.E. President Adama Barrow remains committed to international peace and security by showing his engagement for The Gambia being part of the International fora with the ratification of such important treaty”.
Dr. Zerbo further expressed that President Barrow’s desire for lasting peace and security in the world aligns with his organisation’s objectives. The Gambia’s ratification of the treaty, he said, would help ECOWAS present a firm commitment to nuclear non-proliferation for global peace and security.
The Gambia signed the CTBTO Treaty in April 2003 but has yet to ratify it. The treaty has been ratified by 170 countries in the world, including all the countries in West Africa.
Dr. Zerbo was accompanied to the State House by the Honourable Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs International Corporation and Gambians Abroad, Sheikh Omar Faye and Dr. Mamadou Tangara respectively.