Monday, November 22, 2010

Breaking News: Gambia: Gambia Expels Iranian Diplomats! More international blow on regime in Iran....

Breaking News: Gambia: Gambia Expels Iranian Diplomats!
Gambia Expels Iranian Diplomats

As Gambia Cutoff Diplomatic Ties With Iran
Iranian Diplomats Given 48 Hours Ultimatum To Leave Gambia
By Staff Reporter Bakary Gibba & Pa Nderry M’Bai
Authorities in The Gambia have ended diplomatic relationship with Iran, after announcing 48 hours ultimatum for Iranian diplomats residing in the West African country to leave the former British colony, the Freedom Newspaper can report. In a news release issued late Monday, The Gambian Foreign Ministry urged Iranian Diplomats accredited to The Gambia to pack and leave within 48 hours. The Government says it is cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, although no reason was given for the sudden decision.
Gambia’s move to cutoff ties with Iran came in the wake of an arms consignment intercepted in Nigerian, destined for the Kanilai Farms ( owned, and operated by President Yahya Jammeh). It is not clear if the Government is retaliating against the Iranian arms interception that were destined for The Gambia. What is evident though, the Foreign Ministry today warned all Iranian diplomats assigned to The Gambia to leave with immediate effect. Failure of which, could result to forceful removal from The Gambia, the Government warned.
The Government of The Gambia also announced to cancel all projects financed by the Iranian Government. It also declared Iranian diplomats persona non grata. It says Iranian diplomats are unwelcomed in this country.
Few days before the Government’s move to expel Iranian diplomats from The Gambia, the Foreign Ministry recalled its staffers assigned to Iran. It also closed The Gambian Mission in Iran. Local embassy staffers were asked to report to Banjul with immediate effect.


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