United States Welcomes Transition of Power in The Gambia

January 23, 2017

Washington, DC - - (January 22, 2017) - - Today, Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, issued the following statement:

The United States welcomes the on-going peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and congratulates President Adama Barrow on his inauguration. We applaud the commitment to democracy and the restraint shown by the Gambian people over the past weeks.

We commend the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other regional partners for their leadership in addressing the situation. We appreciate the decision by Yahya Jammeh to depart The Gambia peacefully and echo President Barrow's call for Gambians to unite and work together as brothers and sisters for the future of The Gambia.

The United States is proud of our close ties to the people of The Gambia and looks forward to working closely with President Barrow and his team to achieve the aspirations of all Gambians.

Information source: Department of State, United States of America