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Gambia recalls deputy head of mission to Moscow

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By Alagie Manneh

The Gambia has recalled the deputy head of its diplomatic mission in Moscow, Russia.

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A letter purportedly issued Monday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and addressed to Mr Yankuba Saidy, the deputy head of the Gambian Embassy in Moscow, ordered his “immediate return to Banjul”.

In the leaked letter, the government said it received evidence demonstrating Mr Saidy’s involvement in activities “which are deemed unbecoming of a foreign service officer”.

“…Directives have been issued to recall you from your tour of duty in Moscow with immediate effect,” the letter said. 

The Standard could not verify the authenticity of the letter bearing the letterhead of the foreign affairs ministry.

The spokesperson of the ministry said yesterday they will not be making any comment on the development.

“I cannot comment on that at this time,” Mr Saikou Ceesay told The Standard. 

Meanwhile, the deputy mission head has been instructed, according to the letter, “to handover all official matters to the ambassador who, by a copy of this missive, is hereby   instructed to make arrangements for your immediate return to Banjul and for the repatriation of your family and personal effects in consultation with this ministry”.

“Your full cooperation with constituted authority in this vein will of immense value,” the epistle noted.

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