Prince Charles in development vow to Gambia

Prince Charles in development vow to Gambia

The Prince of Wales on Thursday (Nov 1) called on The Gambia to work with Britain to promote democracy almost two years after the small West African nation emerged from decades of authoritarian rule.

Ghana was the first majority-ruled African country to join the Commonwealth in 1957 and the visit aims to highlight Britain's enduring relationship with Ghana.

Prince Charles and Camilla attended a welcome ceremony where they met the president of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla arrived in Gambia on Wednesday.

The Prince of Wales and his wife have started their tour of West Africa in Gambia, which was re-admitted into the Commonwealth in February this year.

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President Adama Barrow said the return to the Commonwealth illustrated his government's willingness to enhance global cooperation.

"Please know that United Kingdom and the other members of the Commonwealth stand with you", Prince Charles said. The 69-year-old royal and the Duchess of Cornwall recently posed for a series of photos for Charles's Vanity Fair profile, and we don't think the couple has ever looked more in love.

During his trip, the prince visited the British-established Medical Research Council (MRC) and The Gambia Armed Forces Training School in Fajara, after being treated to a state banquet at State House in Banjul.

The visit will throw the searchlight on a number of important commitments made by the Commonwealth Heads of Government during the last Commonwealth summit.

Critics of the Commonwealth see it as an outdated relic of Britain's imperial past, while advocates say it gives small countries like Gambia a seat at the table with larger states, and has potential to improve life for its 2.4 billion residents.

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