Gambia’s foreign minister, Senegal’s president herald new relations

Gambia’s foreign minister, Senegal’s president herald new relations

Gambia’s Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe met with Senegal’s President Macky Sall, the first in more than a decade for the two neighboring nations.

It heralds a new era in the Senegambia relations, which has been badly severed during the reign of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Sall and Darboe committed themselves to one Senegambia policy where the two nations will work towards their economic interest by working on trade agreements.

Many of Senegal’s traders from its southern Casamance region take a cut short through The Gambia to quickly reach Dakar where they sell their agricultural goods.

Gambia and Senegal share the same culture and tradition. They were divided into two different nations during the scramble for Africa with the British having interest in only the River Gambia.

Darboe went to Senegal to personally have Sall invited to the inauguration of President Adama Barrow. Sall arrived in Banjul on Friday afternoon to a rousing welcome.

Senegal played a key role in ending the political stalemate in the Gambia, leading a military intervention that saw the unceremonious departure of Yahya Jammeh.

Jammeh had accused Senegal of harboring his enemies, mostly former soldiers implicated in coups, journalists, opposition activists and rights defenders dissenting against his government.

Senegal accused him of funding and arming separatist rebels in its south.

The borders have been closed many times by Jammeh, who also refused to construct a strategic bridge as a form of leverage over his neighbor.

Gambia’s Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang was in Senegal earlier this month where he held talks with President Macky Sall, signaling a fresh start in relations.

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