Gambian officials, businesses given visa-free travel to Russia

Gambian officials, businesses given visa-free travel to Russia

Gambians with official passports will not be needing a visa to travel to Russia after Banjul and Moscow signed a visa waiver agreement on Thursday.

A special envoy from Kremlin, Mickhail Bagnodov signed the bilateral agreement with Gambia’s Foreign Secretary, Ousainou Darboe for officials and businesses to move freely.

Gambia is charming foreign investors to give its economy the needed turnaround to create jobs and curb the exodus of its youthful population.

The visa exemption signals renewed relations between Banjul and Moscow after a row over Russia’s support for U.S. President Donald Trump prompted former President, Yahya Jammeh to close the West African nation’s embassy in Moscow.

Gambia may now reopen the Moscow mission, just months after its ambassador and diplomats returned. Gambia will also be reopening its embassy in Doha, which was closed by the former government after businesses dealings went sour.

The Gambia and Russia established diplomatic relations on July 17, 1965. Diplomatic relations were later established once again after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Although Banjul had an embassy in Russia, Moscow does not have an embassy in Banjul. Its ambassador is based in Dakar, Senegal.

Gambia has expressed a desire to organize a working visit to Russia Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Secretary of State in charge of the economic bloc, in order to intensify cooperation in economic and cultural fields.

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