Media Statement

20 January 2017

Latest developments in The Gambia following the swearing in of President Adama Barrow.

The South African Government has congratulated President Adama Barrow following his swearing in as the new President of The Gambia, on 19 January 2017 at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.  In this regard, South Africa recognises President Adama Barrow as the legitimate President of The Gambia and looks forward to a close working relationship with him and the people of The Gambia, to build and strengthen our bilateral relations.

South Africa commends sterling efforts made by the international community, spearheaded by ECOWAS, the AU and the UNSC in the quest to finding a lasting and peaceful resolution of the political crisis in The Gambia.

The South African Government calls on and urges former President Yahya Jammeh to cooperate with ECOWAS, and should step down peacefully.

In conclusion, the South African Government expressed its hope that President Adama Barrow returns to his country to assume the role democratically bestowed on him by the people of The Gambia.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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