Gambian army chief, General Ousman Badjie on Friday told Reuters that he recognised the newly elected Adama Barrow as the country's official president and new commander-in-chief.
General Badjie told the news wire that the army would not step in to fight against a regional force that was preparing itself to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh, who has vowed to hold onto the power, rejecting the recent electoral result.
"We are going to welcome them with flowers and make them a cup of tea," General Badjie was quoted by Reuters as saying. "This is a political problem. It's a misunderstanding. We are not going to fight Nigerian, Togolese or any military that comes."
West African troops arrived in the country on Thursday, however, diplomatic efforts were given a final chance with Mr Jammeh given until noon on Firday to leave the country peacefully.