President Adama Barrow on Tuesday held bilateral discussions with the new Senegalese foreign minister, Sidiki Kaba, barely a week after the first Senegambian economic forum, which brought together authorities from the two countries to discuss trade.
Kaba, who was appointed Foreign Minister last month by Macky Sall, discussed a series of bilateral issues such as the strengthening of both economic and security corporations between the two countries.
“We discussed a series of bilateral issues to further cement the friendly ties between our countries. President Sall contributed in making the change and freedom possible in the New Gambia. He continues to play a positive role in building our confidence and strengthening our cordial relationship,” Barrow said.
“We will continue to consult one another and engage in dialogue over issues. Our countries can work towards being a model of regional integration by facilitating free trade across their borders.”
According to a statement from the presidency, Barrow expressed gratitude to Sall for his contribution ensuring peaceful political transition in Gambia following the December protracted political impasse.
Kaba was Senegal’s Justice Minister before his appointment as foreign minister.
Barrow said Senegal and Gambia will work together for closer economic ties.
In March 2017, Gambia and Senegal signed several cooperation agreements to promote trade, fisheries, peace, and security for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
Gambia’s foreign minister Ousainou Darbo, the Senegalese ambassador to The Gambia, Salieu Ndiaye and other senior officials from The Gambia and Senegal attended the meeting.
Mr. Sidiki Kaba is a human rights activist. He has held several ministerial portfolios before his recent appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister.