Gambia and Saudi Arabia reaffirmed their commitment to intensify relations in a strong bid to bolster bilateral ties after visiting Gambian President Yahya Abdulaziz Jammeh met Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defence for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The royal met the head of state at Prince Salman’s palace in Riyadh as part of a four-day trip to the Kingdom aimed at bolstering the already cordial relations between the two countries, and which will be rounded off with the signing of a bilateral MoU with King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

Accompanied by first lady Zainab Zuma Jammeh arrived here on Monday, the Saudi embassy and Gambian Presidency said the president discussed various avenues of cooperation and issues of mutual interest, and agreed that Saudi Arabia and Gambia should work together as “sister countries”.

The high powered talks were also attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, minister of foreign affairs, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, second deputy premier, Adel Faqeh, minister of labour and Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Jasser, minister of economy and planning.

President Jammeh also took the opportunity to receive Yusuf bin Ibrahim, vice president and managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development at the palace to discuss the ongoing developmental works between the two countries.

He later visited the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) together with a trade mission for a meeting with the RCCI officials to focus on the economic development of Gambia, particularly in the field of infrastructure.

Fatou Mas Jobe-Njie, Gambian minister of tourism and culture, also met Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.