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Gambia apologizes to Thailand over sex destination remark by its minister

The Gambian government has officially apologized to the Thai government over sex tourism comments made by its its Tourism and Culture Minister, Hamat Bah, according to africanews.com website. In a statement released on Monday, the Gambia’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry described Bah’s comments as “unfortunate,” stressing that Gambia cherished the cordial relations between both countries. “The Ministry extends its profound assurances to the Government of Thailand that the remarks of the Minister are not to be construed as a reflection of the Government’s view on the Tourism Sector of Thailand,” the statement read. Bah in a January 2018 interview on a local channel suggested that sex tourists should head to Thailand because Gambia, as a religious nation would not welcome them. “We are not a sex destination. If you want a sex destination, you go to Thailand. The Gambia is not a sex destination. We are not, we...

 

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