‘Our Relationship with Qatar is Intact’

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Saikou Ceesay, the spokesperson for Gambia’s Foreign Affairs says Gambia has not cut diplomatic relations with Qatar following the lessening of ties by other African nations like Senegal with the Middle Eastern country.

“As we speak, our relationship with the Gulf state of Qatar is intact and we hope they find a lasting solution to the crisis,” Ceesay said to Smbc News

Gambia’s Foreign Secretary Ousainou Darboe was in Qatar to woo investors to the West African state following the defeat of ex-ruler, Yahya Jammeh, who had lesser relations with Qatar.

The Gambia announced new incentives for investors, including tax cuts and exemptions. A treaty to avoid double taxation between Banjul and Doha is still in place, a good first sign for investors.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt sparked the diplomatic crisis by accusing Qatar of funding terrorist organizations, withdrawing their ambassadors and imposing trade and travel bans.

Qatar has denied the allegations saying it supported the United States in the War on Terror and the ongoing military intervention against ISIL.

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