Ousainou Darboe

(JollofNews) – The Gambia’s Foreign minister has rubbished media reports that he had called for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo.

Ousainou Darboe was quoted saying in a recent interview with Reuters that President Gnassingbe should resign immediately and the African Union and West African regional bloc ECOWAS should persuade him to step down.

“I think the African Union and Ecowas should engage Togo and persuade the president to step down.  When it goes against accepted norms I don’t think it should be treated as an internal affair,” Mr Darboe said in the interview.

But Demba Ali Jawo, minister of Information over the weekend told journalists that Ousainou Darboe has clarified the position of the Government of the Gambia on the political situation in Togo.

“Darboe said he did not call for the resignation of the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, as published by the Reuters News Agency,” Mr Jawo said.

“The Gambia and the Republic of Togo remain bonded by strong ties of brotherhood and friendship and it is the wish of the two heads of states that these relations be further strengthened in the coming years.”