TEHRAN, Jan. 23 (Press Shia Agency) – Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Sunday Iran welcomes the peaceful power trans in the Republic of The Gambia.

Iran has always highy regarded the developments in the Gambia as an important Muslim country in West Africa, and welcomes collaborative efforts of the West African countries and the role of regional organizations, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in the peaceful transition of office to the country’s elected President Adam Barrow, which will strengthen the foundations of democracy in the region and establish peace and tranquility in the country.

While the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have recognized Adam Barrow as the Gambian president, the defeated incumbent Yahya Jammeh refused to step down.

On Saturday, two days after the expiration of his mandate, Jammeh finally announced a decision to relinquish the mantle of leadership.

On January 19, the United Nations Security Council voted on a draft resolution to ensure a transfer of power in the Gambia.