President Adama Barrow has called on the United States to lift its longstanding embargo on Cuba as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday morning.

“Reverting to other important matters of global concern, we entreat the United States to end the longstanding embargo imposed on Cuba. The reason is that global solidarity and friendly cooperation should define relations between the Member States of the United Nations,” President told world leaders at the summit.

Gambia and Cuba are longstanding allies, and the Gambia, under both former President Jammeh and Barrow, has advocated for an end to the US Blockage of Cuba.

In the Middle East, Gambia’s leader said the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict needs a new impetus for lasting peace. ” As a people, the Palestinians deserve a state of their own. Hence we call for a new peace initiative that includes the revival of the Arab Peace Initiative.”

He further told the 77 UN General Assembly: ” We remain deeply disturbed by the horrors and humanitarian catastrophe arising from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Moreover, the destabilizing global economic conditions imposed on the rest of the world are unbearable.”

He said: “In Africa and elsewhere, the cost-of-living crisis and the biting inflation, with food and energy insecurity, are devastating our economies and continue to frustrate pandemic recovery efforts. Additionally, the debt burden has reached crisis levels. Therefore, we call for general debt relief.”

Speaking briefly on the Russia- Ukrainian conflict, Barrow plea for dialogue.

“We implore Russia and Ukraine to heed the global plea for political dialogue and end the war. Africa is simply asking for global peace and friendly relations. Our survival and progress depend on global peace and stability.”

On the plight of the Rohingya, he said: ” The plight of the Rohingya remains a matter of grave concern to The Gambia. We call on the Myanmar Government to comply with the rulings of the International Court of Justice and end all human rights violations against the Rohingya. The Gambia will continue to defend its rights.”

On Taiwan, Barrow told the Assembly: ” As a responsible member of the international community, The Gambia considers Taiwan part of the Peoples Republic of China, and we advocate adopting the One-China policy.

Therefore, we urge the international community to fully respect China’s sovereignty over Taiwan and avoid actions that undermine global peace.”

The President said Africa will continue to demand its rightful place in the permanent membership category of the Security Council; thus, the negotiations must produce tangible results.

” let me emphasize that genuine commitment and substantially increased resources should now accompany the transformation of our institutions, systems, mechanisms, and state of preparedness, and the developing world must not be left behind.”

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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