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Taiwan to give The Gambia three patrol boats

Taiwan to give The Gambia three patrol boats

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Taiwan will give its West African diplomatic ally The Gambia three more patrol boats to help strengthen its naval defenses, with the delivery set to take place early next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday. The decision to donate the craft to The Gambia came after one of four 50-ton boats previously given by Taiwan suffered serious damage, Hsu Mien-sheng, director-general of the ministry's Department of African Affairs, told a news briefing. The armed small patrol boats are being refitted by the Ministry of National Defense before being shipped to The Gambia, Hsu added. In related news, Gambian President Yahya J.J. Jammeh, who is making a June 26-30 state visit to Taiwan, will attend the graduation ceremony of Taiwan's military academies slated for Friday in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Hsu said. President Ma Ying-jeou is set to present a model of the donated patrol boats to Jammeh at the ceremony, which will include three graduates from The Gambia, Hsu added. Jammeh, who is leading a delegation of 76 officials and ministers, met earlier with Ma "to exchange views on international affairs and other issues of mutual concern," the foreign ministry said. The visit is Jammeh's ninth, Hsu added. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-06-22 09:01 GMT+08:00