Gambia returns to Commonwealth fold after 5 years of absence

Gambian President Adama Barrow will left Banjul on Tuesday to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting in London, United Kingdom, after five years of Gambia’s withdrawal from the 54-member body by ex-president Yahya Jammeh.

This is the first time The Gambia will be attending the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting since it withdrew from the organisation in 2013.

On February 8, 2018, the Commonwealth Heads of Government unanimously accepted Gambia’s application to return to the Commonwealth.

Also, the Gambian leader will attend the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace to be held in New York, United States of America.

President Barrow will meet Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the British Prime Minister, the Commonwealth Secretary General and other dignitaries.

He will also share The Gambia’s story towards sustainable progress, commitments on Malaria elimination and environmental protection during the Commonwealth meeting. While in London, President Barrow will also meet the Gambian community.

In New York, President Barrow will deliver a statement on peace building and sustainable peace, before going on to Belgium to attend an advocacy meeting on the International Conference on National Development Plan 2018-2021, in May 2018.