Gambia’s presidency says it has not found any threats to its national security following a warning by France that the West African nation is facing external hostility.
Gambian authorities have, however, reached out to ECOWAS and the UN following French Foreign Secretary Jean-Yves Le Drian’s advice to his Senegalese counterpart, Mankeur Ndiaye.
“Our foreign affairs and security authorities have noted it and are consulting their international partners,” said presidential spokesperson, Amie Bojang Sisohore.
“There is no intelligence failure because the information has not been validated by the national authorities. And the findings they have so far have not indicated that.”
Gambia is specifically reaching out to France to find out their source and nature of the threat amid concerns that ex-president, Yahya Jammeh still have loyalist within the security services.
Two of Gambia’s neighbors, Mauritania and Guinea were Jammeh’s most trusted allies and a last-minute diplomatic effort by their leaders averted Jammeh’s arrest by West African forces.
France played an influential role securing international support to have Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh forced out of the small country and have President Adama Barrow installed.