Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday described gays as “vermin.”

According to Reuters, Jammeh made his latest statement attacking gays during a televised speech to mark the 49th anniversary of Gambia's independence from Britain.

“We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively,” Jammeh is quoted as saying.

Western nations, including the U.S. and Britain, have condemned increasing anti-gay rhetoric from African leaders and new laws in Nigeria and Uganda that increase the penalties against people who engage in gay sex.

(Related: Obama on Uganda anti-gay bill: “Will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda.”)

“We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them,” Jammeh said. “As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.”

Last year, Jammeh called homosexuality a top global threat.