Top U.S. military officer holds talks with Gambia’s military leaders

By Adama Makasuba

U.S. Army Major General Andrew M. Rohling has held talks with The Gambia’s military leaders and senior government officials, and international partners on issues related to security sector reform, capacity development, peacekeeping operations, and U.S.-Gambia defense ties, during his visit in the country as part of his sub-regional tour.

The senior military officer, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador R. Carl Paschall, held meetings with Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray, Minister of Defense Sheikh Omar Faye, and Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Lt. Gen. Yakuba Drammeh.

Speaking at the State House, Maj. Gen. Rohling said: “Part of my trip is to understand this important nation that helps bring stability to this region. The Gambia has a phenomenal record for peacekeeping operations across Africa and the world. So, as we continue to capitalize on the professionalism of the Gambia Armed Forces and its commitment to the United Nations, we look forward to encouraging and assisting in that regard over the course of time.”

Also speaking to reporters, Ambassador Paschall said the Security Sector Reform (SSR) is a significant part of the transition process in The Gambia. He said, “I think what is impressive is that the Government of The Gambia, under the leadership and guidance of President Barrow, has worked very hard to develop and launch the SSR Strategy and the National Security Strategy. They are hard at work now implementing a range of those plans.”

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