UK pleased with Gambia’s Commonwealth return



British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, has expressed his delight at Gambia’s rejoinder of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Johnson is currently in The Gambia, the first visit by a British foreign secretary.

Former president Yahya Jammeh pulled the small West African nation out of the Commonwealth in 2013, calling it a neo-colonial institution.

Incumbent President Adama Barrow however promised to return the nation to the 52-nation union.

Jammeh had also began the process of withdrawing The Gambia from the International Criminal Court, terming it a racist organization.

Barrow however pledged to keep his country in the organization, and upon taking over power reiterated that stance.

The UK’s Foreign Office said that as well as holding talks with Mr Barrow, Mr Johnson would visit the UK-funded Medical Research Council and speak to Chevening scholars and workers and employers in the tourism industry.

The West African state is a popular holiday destination for Britons. Thousands had to be evacuated last month because of security concerns when Mr Jammeh was refusing to hand over power after losing December’s elections.

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