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European diplomat expelled from Gambia

AgnesGuillaud@E1502(B2) The European diplomat Agnès Guillaud who is responsible for the European Union delegation in Gambia (*) was declared persona non grata by the Banjul government, announces AFP. No reason was given for this expulsion.

This departure was in any case planned as part of the usual rotation within the European Diplomatic Service (EEAS). Since the mandate of Agnès Guillaud, after 4 years of presence in Gambia, was to end within a few weeks. The business manager had also, on the occasion of the last Europe Day, said goodbye to the Gambian authorities, recalling the importance of defending the fundamental values ​​of Europe.

A specialist in African and development issues

Of French nationality, the charge d'affaires, Agnès Guillaud, is well versed in African issues. She has worked for 20 years in European institutions on development issues. Before Gambia, she was political advisor to the EU delegation to Algeria and to DG AidCo in charge of operational aid.

Relations between the European Union and Gambia, led by former officer Yahya Jammeh, who became President of the Republic, have sometimes been conflicted, particularly in terms of freedom of expression and the defense of homosexual rights. But they seemed to have calmed down recently.

Gambian ambassador to Brussels summoned

On the side of the European Diplomatic Service (EEAS), we cannot explain such a decision which occurs “ without justification ". " We are surprised by this announcement which occurred without explanation » explained the spokesperson for the High Representative to B2. The Gambian Ambassador to the EU was summoned today (Saturday) for an explanation. In the meantime, the spokesperson assured “ have full confidence in the work and commitment of our Business Manager in Gambia ».


(*) The EU delegation in Gambia is a regionalized delegation which reports hierarchically to the head of the Senegal delegation, currently Dominique Dellicour

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).