Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Gambia, said that his country was all set to reopen its closed embassy in Qatar.
“Gambia’s embassy in Qatar that was closed by former President Yahya Jammeh will become operational within next five months, ” Darboe said in an interview with The Peninsula.
He said that President of Gambia Adama Barrow had great respect for Qatar and its leadership and wanted to revive bilateral relations, therefore “I am visiting Qatar to convey my government’s good wishes.”
Ousainou Darboe, a lawyer by profession, has been imprisoned many times for opposing former dictator Yahya Jammeh. who quit the presidency in January this year after an electoral defeat in December 2016 in which Barrow had bagged a landslide victory.
Darboe is Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, and also a special envoy of the President of the Gambia.
Gambian Foreign Minister said that Qatar had an important position not only in the Gulf but in the whole Middle East as he seeks to attract foreign investors into the West African nation.
Former President Jammeh closed Gambia’s Embassy in Qatar after his brother, Ansumana Jammeh, who had been the country’s chief envoy to the Gulf State diverted funds, allegedly from Jammeh’s business ventures with investors into his personal account.
Ansumana was prosecuted in the Gambia for corruption, briefly fined and had some of his assets frozen.
Gambia’s new government said it will be launching a probe into Jammeh’s financial transactions and businesses, some of which have been reported to be illicit.