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Gambia-Senegal border closure halted as gov’t intervenes

Feb 20, 2020, 12:45 PM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Omar Ceesay, the president of The Gambia Transport Union (GTU) has stated that the border closure between Gambia and Senegal which was supposed to be imposed yesterday has been postponed until further notice, as government has planned to send a delegation to Senegal for diplomatic talks.

“We members of the union met the Gambian authorities on Tuesday with a view to discuss with them about the Senegalese transport union decision to deny our commercial vehicle entry into the Senegal territory. They asked us to hold for the time being before the border is closed for Senegalese commercial vehicles as they planned to send delegation to Senegal,” he told The Point in an interview.

The Transport Union president on Monday during a press conference said: “No Senegalese vehicles will enter through all Gambia borders because their authorities are not doing anything to address the matter.”

The GTU’s decision to close the Gambian borders came following their counterparts’ decision to deny entry to Gambian buses from Karang border post.