Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has decided not to keep the country’s Ambassador to the African Union after his tenure ended earlier this month.
Mr. Barrow will be appointing a new chief envoy to represent the West African nation at the Union and returning Ambassador Mass Axi Gai to home service.
Gai bid farewell to the African Union Commission chair, ex-Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, who reiterated the AU’s commitment towards supporting the Gambia’s new democracy.
“National duty determines workstation and trust that the ambassador’s combined government and diplomatic experience will be put to service of Gambia upon return,” Mahamat said.
Ambassadors who have served in Addis Ababa become veritable AU ambassadors in their countries and assume new functions as they are apprised of the issues and priorities of the Union.
The African Union backed calls for former President Yahya Jammeh to step down upon losing the election and supporter West African military intervention to uphold the outcome of the shocking polls.
It is time for me to return home and continue serving my country after two years in Addis Ababa. I want to thank the AU for its prompt attention and leadership during the political crisis in Gambia,” Gai said.
Barrow has not made a decision on who has to become the country’s new ambassador to the group of African nations, but the choice may be picked by the country’s influential Foreign Minister, Ousainou Darboe.
Barrow and Darboe are currently in New York, where they are making a debut at the UN General Assembly and seeking to sell the Gambia as the new face of democracy and champion of human rights.