The European Union is looking forward to fully engage with The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow as soon as he has taken office on 18 January, in a renewed effort to step up our relations.
Relations between The Gambia and the European Union became uneasy under outgoing President Yahya Jammeh over governance and rights issues.
President Yahya Jammeh has suspended at least one EU envoy after the country’s main development partner made demands to his administration to improve on rights conditions in the country.
The EU has since withheld more than 33 million Euros of budgetary aid to The Gambia and its parliamentarians threatened sanctions if conditions continue to deteriorate.
But Jammeh was defeated in an election on December 1 and the EU, which had had several meetings with the Gambia’s government-in-waiting is hopeful that the EU and the administration of President-elect Adama Barrow will make progress in bilateral relations on a wide range of areas and support progress regarding democracy, human rights, good governance and sustainable and inclusive development.
President Yahya Jammeh who has refused to step down is coming under increased international and local pressure to hand over power. At least a dozen ambassadors, including those to the UN, U.S. and the EU have demanded he steps down and allow the smooth transfer of power to President-elect Adama Barrow.