Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow’s first foreign visit will be to neighboring Senegal, where he would hold meetings with President Macky Sall.
Relations between The Gambia and Senegal strained under President Yahya Jammeh.
Discussions between the two leaders are expected to focus on economic interests and security concerns, including the low-level crisis in Casamance and border crisis.
The Gambia has been isolated since Jammeh came to power. Jammeh has been named a key financier of rebels mounting insurgency in Senegal’s south. Senegal said it has found rebels with Iranian weapons, which Mr. Jammeh has been suspected of supplying them with.
Two shipping containers marked as timber and addressed to President Yahya Jammeh’s farm, close to the border with Senegal were intercepted at the Port of Lagos in Nigeria.
Jammeh’s elections loss has been welcomed around the world. It has given The Gambia and Senegal an opportunity to renew their relations and take a new approach to addressing common interests and concerns with a new foreign policy.