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Border closure: both sides promise resumption of traffic

May 17, 2016, 12:28 PM

The Gambian and Senegalese authorities have promised to open the borders and “resume traffic as soon as possible”.

This promise was declared and captured in a communiqué issued yesterday by representatives of both countries at a negotiation held in Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday 15 May 2016.

The Gambian delegation to the talks was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neneh Macdouall Gaye, and the Senegalese side led by Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye.

The Gambian side has “requested resumption of normal traffic and has renounced a reported increase of tariff.”

The Senegalese side, on their part, stated that they are “committed to working with all stakeholders towards the resumption of traffic, as soon as possible.”

The communiqué further stated that resumption of traffic between the two countries is paramount in addressing the border closure impasse.