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Embassy of Senegal: Babacar Diagne leaves, Pr Saliou Ndiaye arrives

Sep 16, 2014, 10:25 AM

Senegal’s High Commissioner to The Gambia, Babacar Diagne, has been redeployed, and replaced by Professor Saliou Ndiaye, a former rector of Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University.

The decision was announced at the end of the Senegalese cabinet meeting in Dakar last Thursday, chaired by President Macky Sall.

According to our sources, Diagne has been redeployed as ambassador to the United States.

Political analysts said ambassador Diagne contributed tremendously in fostering relations between The Gambia and Senegal in the fields of security, religious and cultural affairs, among others.

Babacar Diagne, a well-known Senegalese journalist and communication specialist, was Director General of Senegalese state radio and television, RTS. He is bilingual, and speaks French and English.

Diagne came to The Gambia in December 2012 and presented his letters of credence in February 2013.

During his stay, he donated essential commodities to the Prisons Department for the inmates, the first Senegalese ambassador to The Gambia to do so.

Recently, he facilitated a grant from the Senegalese government of 50 million FCFA (equivalent to D422,000) to the Senegalese community in The Gambia for women’s projects.

Meanwhile, a former rector of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (Ucad) in Dakar, Saliou Ndiaye, ex-dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has been named the new Senegalese ambassador to The Gambia.