Britain's Prince Charles salutes Gambia's return to Commonwealth

Prince Charles

After the welcome remarks by President Akufo-Addo, the meeting between him and Prince Charles retired into a closed-door session.

Ahead of the visit, Prince Charles said he was delighted to be returning to Ghana which he first visited more than 40 years ago.

Speaker of Parliament Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye on Friday welcomed the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the Kotoka International Airport for a four-day Royal visit to strengthen ties with Ghana.

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.

Prince Charles and his delegation will leave Banjul for Accra today and from there, he would proceed to Nigeria.

The Royal plane CS-TFY, with blue and white colours touched down at the runway at 1348 hours.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also visited a military barracks and a war cemetery where World War II army veterans were laid to rest.

President Adama Barrow and first lady Fatoumata Barrow greeted the royal couple on Wednesday, Oct. 31, along with Gambians who came out in throngs for their arrival.

The couple attended a reception for Chevening alumni, which is a programme that helps Commonwealth students to study in the United Kingdom through scholarships and fellowships, Gambian Commonwealth athletes and High Commission staff.

Prince Charles will also attend a meeting with Ghanaian and worldwide business leaders to discuss sustainable practice in Ghana's cocoa industry and key environmental issues.

Britain and Ghana are members of the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance and, at the summit, made a commitment to work together to protect the oceans by taking steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

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