Gen. Francois Ndiaye, the inspector general of the Senegalese Armed Forces who
was the former commander of the ECOMIG Forces in The Gambia, on Tuesday morning
paid a courtesy call on Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh, the chief of Defense Staff of
The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) at his office in Banjul.
The Senegalese Armed Forces IG was in The Gambia to visit their troops in the ECOMIG Forces that are currently in The Gambia with a view to discuss with them about issues affecting them and also hold discussion with the CDS in the bid to strengthen the military cooperation between the two sister countries.
Speaking to journalists at the GAF Headquarters in Banjul shortly after meeting CDS Kinteh, Francois Ndiaye, spoke at length on the significance of his visit to The Gambia. “Today I am working in another capacity as the IG of the Senegalese Armed Forces. Therefore, I decided to come here and see how our boys are doing on the ground,” he said.
Ndiaye, before visiting their troops, said he decided to visit his brother Lt. Gen. Kinteh. “Our mission here is just to make sure that everything is on track, meaning that the operations are conducted, so that’s why I am here.”
The CDS of The Gambia Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh, underscored the significance of the Senegalese IG’s visit to The Gambia, saying that he has very good working relationship with Francois Ndiaye when he was the ECOMIG commander in The Gambia.
“His contribution to the resolution of the conflict in The Gambia has been very remarkable. “We want to thank him more sincerely for his services to the Republic of The Gambia from onset. He has served in The Gambia for so long and he is a veteran peacekeeper who has been coming here since 1981.”
General Ndiaye, he said, is here in a different capacity as the IG of the Senegalese Armed Forces. He has come to visit his troops to determine their level of readiness and to see whether they have any issues.
“During our discussion, we also reiterated our commitment in working together; in making sure that we work on some of the bilateral relationship. We are into lot of military activities and cooperation with the Republic of Senegal. I recently returned from Senegal and on that occasion I have the opportunity to interact with the Senegalese military authorities.”
CDS Kinteh added that one of the areas they commonly discussed is the area of capacity building. He said that the Senegalese Armed Forces will help GAF in areas that they are not very strong and we needs to build some capacity.