Boris Johnson (Photo credit: Reuters)

(JollofNews) – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is visiting the Gambia to mark the country’s return to the Commonwealth.

Mr Johnson who is the first  Foreign Secretary to visit the former British colony, will hold talks with President Adama Barrow during which they will discuss fighting extremism and terrorism and how to support the growing tourism industry in Gambia.

He said: “I’m delighted to be the first Foreign Secretary to visit Gambia this week and delighted to have a chance to meet the newly elected President Barrow and President Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

“Their elections highlight the continuing strengthening of democracy in West Africa.

“I am also very pleased that Gambia wants to rejoin the Commonwealth and we will ensure this happens in the coming months. The strength of our partnerships show that Global Britain is growing in influence and activity around the world.”

The Gambia withdrew from the Commonwealth in October 2013, with former President Yahya Jammeh describing it as a “neo-colonial institution”.

“The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism”, Mr Jammeh said at the time.

But the election in December of opposition candidate Adama Barrow has triggered a reverse in policy.