Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East. Minister for Africa, Caribbean, and the Overseas Territories in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The United Kingdom Minister for Africa has expressed disappointment about the expulsion of the European Union diplomat in The Gambia.
James Duddridge, also a Conservative Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East, called on Gambian authorities to reconsider expulsion of the Deputy Head of EU Delegation from Banjul.
“I am disappointed by the decision of the Gambian Government to expel the Deputy Head of EU Delegation from Banjul at short notice,” Mr. Duddridge said in a statement. “No prior warning nor explanation has been given for the expulsion, which follows the recent resumption of important human rights discussions between the EU and The Gambia,” he said, calling on Gambian authorities to reconsider their impromptu decision as a matter of urgency.
In a rather surprise move, Gambian authorities last week declared the EU Charge d’Affaires persona non grata. Agnes Guillaud who had served in the position since 2011 was given 72 hours to leave the country. No explanation had been advanced for this hasty move.
It however came shortly after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh had taken swipe at the European countries, blaming them for failing to rescue African migrants from sinking in the Mediterranean sea. Mr. Jammeh had also threatened to sue the EU at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.