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A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: The Gambia

Summary

The United States recognized The Gambia on February 18, 1965, when Assistant Secretary for African Affairs G. Mennen Williams represented President Lyndon B. Johnson as his Personal Representative with the rank of Special Ambassador at the ceremonies marking the independence of Gambia held at the capital, Bathurst.

Modern Flag of The Gambia

Modern Flag of The Gambia

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Gambian Independence, 1965.

The United States recognized The Gambia on February 18, 1965, when Assistant Secretary for African Affairs G. Mennen Williams represented President Lyndon B. Johnson as his Personal Representative with the rank of Special Ambassador at the ceremonies marking the independence of Gambia held at the capital, Bathurst. The Gambia previously had been under British sovereignty.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1965.

Diplomatic relations were established on August 9, 1965, when Ambassador Mercer Cook presented his credentials to Gambian authorities. Cook also was accredited to Senegal and was resident at Dakar.

Establishment of the American Embassy in The Gambia, 1965.

The Embassy at Bathurst (now Banjul) was established on September 9, 1965, with John G. Gossett as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: The Gambia
  • Department of State Country Information: The Gambia

Resources