Gambia: Religious Freedom:Written question - 20438

(Cardiff South and Penarth)

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Asked on: 16 December 2015
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gambia: Religious Freedom
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has discussed the declaration of an 'Islamic State' by the government of the Gambia with that government; and what assurances he has received from that government on the protection of religious freedoms in that country.
Answered by: James Duddridge
Answered on: 05 January 2016

The British Embassy in Banjul has regular contact with the Gambian government but has not yet discussed the recent declaration of an Islamic State in The Gambia with President Jammeh. However, President Jammeh has publicly stated that this decision will have no impact on other religions in the country. The Gambia has a proud history of religious and ethnic tolerance, which we expect to continue.

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