Gambia returns to the Commonwealth

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EYEAFRICA TV: London, UK: The Commonwealth Secretariat has confirmed the approval of Gambias application to rejoin Commonwealth Member States after five years of absenteeism.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the tiny West African states return to the Commonwealth family is fantastic news. When I visited the country last year, I saw huge enthusiasm for the values and opportunities offered by our modern, diverse Commonwealth.

In October 2013, Gambias former President Yahya Jammeh announced he was withdrawing the country from the Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies, saying it will “never be a member of any neo-colonial institution”.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the countries re-union with the Commonwealth shows that when a country commits to strengthening democracy, governance and the rule of law, it is welcomed back to the international community and the Commonwealth family. I very much hope to welcome President Barrow to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London in April.

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