Momodou Tangara remains Gambia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, a foreign ministry official confirmed to SMBC, debunking a report that the country’s chief envoy was sacked.
Tangara was kept in his position amid a mass firing of ambassadors by President Adama Barrow upon taking power. Barrow opened a new UN mission in Geneva, where other key UN agencies are hosted.
Tangara has been the country’s Ambassador to the UN since 2013, replacing Darol Tommy.
He was Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, and Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Affairs in the Jammeh administration.
The country’s envoy to UNESCO, Mr. Yusupha Kah has been appointed as the Ambassador to the new UN mission and other international organizations in Geneva.
Geneva is the center for global multilateral diplomacy and The Gambia is seeking to emerge from decades of isolation under former President Yahya Jammeh.