The Gambia was admitted to the UN on 21 September 1965 and is a member of ECA and all the non-regional specialized agencies except IAEA. It also belongs to the African Development Bank, Commonwealth of Nations, ECOWAS, G-77, and AU. The nation is a member of the WTO and a signatory to the Law of the Sea.
An agreement of confederation with Senegal, signed on 17 December 1981 and effective 1 February 1982, called for integration of the security services and armed forces of the two countries under the name Senegambia. The presidents of Senegal and The Gambia became president and vice president of Senegambia, respectively. The confederation was dissolved in 1989.