France to reopen Banjul embassy in post-Jammeh Gambia

he France is set to reopen its consulate in The Gambia after five years. The embassy in Banjul was closed over former president Jammeh’s lack of cooperation with Paris.

The Gambia is also set to benefit from being designated as a ‘priority country for French official development assistance’.

The French foreign affairs minister, J-Baptiste Leymone recently announced that France would reopen its embassy. Gambians till now had to use the facility in Senegal.

Whiles closing the diplomatic office back in November 2013, France explaining that Jammeh’s regime was not open to any productive collaboration, making the office redundant and costly to maintain.

France was part of international partners and the European Union that promised The Gambia an aid package of about $1.7bn during a donor conference held in Brussels.

The conference was attended by delegations from 43 countries and 10 international organizations the mobilized funds are to support the National Development Plan and democratic transition.

France, which attended the conference, announced a $58 million financing package that will run until 2022.

 

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