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Gambia to re-open embassy in Qatar

Adama Barrow of Gambia

Gambia is all set to reopen its Qatar embassy that was closed by former President Yahya Jammeh.

The embassy would become operational within five months, Foreign minister Ousainou Darboe, said.

He expressed President Adama Barrow’s respect for Qatar, its leadership and desire to revive the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Mr Darboe, who was on his first visit to the Middle East, said Qatar occupied an important position, not only in the Gulf, but in the whole Middle East.

He described his mission as aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.

“Unfortunately, the previous regime closed the embassy of Gambia in Qatar and now we want to reopen it and I have informed Qatar’s Foreign Minister about it. Qatar has welcomed the move,” Mr Darboe was quoted saying.

The minister explained to Qatari investors the tax exemptions, among others, as the aspects of Gambia’s investment-friendliness.

“Both countries have already a treaty to avoid double taxation, which is operational, therefore Qataris should invest in Gambia,” he said, noting the West African state has a lot of potential for agriculture.

“After the opening of embassy, things will be on fast-track,” Mr Darboe said.

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