Gambia President Yahya Jammeh on Saturday criticized calls for his country to respect gay rights.

Speaking at the opening of Parliament in Banjul, Jammeh rejected calls from President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron for countries receiving foreign aid to respect human rights, including those of gay men and lesbians.

“If you are to give us aid for men and men or for women and women to marry, leave it. We don't need your aid because as far as I am the president of the Gambia, you will never see that happen in this country,” the Freedom Newspaper quoted Jammeh as saying.

“We do not need your aid money. You can keep it. We will not encourage ungodly vices alien to our culture. As long as I'm the president of this country, there will be no gay rights. Homosexuality is forbidden in this country.”

In 2008, Jammeh vowed to behead people who engage in gay sex. He later retracted the threat.

“Sometimes you hear of a lot of noise about the laws of this country or my pronouncements,” said Jammeh. “Let me make it very clear that … you will not bribe me to do what is evil and ungodly.”

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe offered a similar reaction, telling Cameron “to hell with you.”