The Gambia–Iran relations
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, was a guest of honor at the 2006 African Union summit in Gambia's capital city, Banjul, and he and Jammeh maintained "close ties". The Gambia has supported Iran's right to develop its nuclear program (see Nuclear program of Iran).
Severing of official ties
On 23 November 2010, the Gambia severed diplomatic and economic relations with Iran and ordered the expulsion from the country within 48 hours of all Iranian officials. The announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Gambia included no reason for the decision, but "sources close to the ministry" pointed to the seizure, in October, by Nigerian security forces of an Iranian weapons shipment headed to the Gambia.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament, the Islamic Consultative Assembly, attributed the action to pressure from the United States.
Among the projects which will be ended by the termination of relations will be an agreement, worth US$2 billion (£1.2 billion), whereby Iran would have supplied lorries and commercial vehicles to the Gambia.
- "Gambia cuts ties with Iran and orders diplomats to go". BBC News. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
- CNN Wire Staff (23 November 2010). "Report: Gambia cuts economic, diplomatic ties with Iran". CNN. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
- "Gambia pulls away from Iran". Independent Online. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
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