Oct 10, 2011, 1:58 PM
to us, is indeed a timely visit, taking into account remarks by
This move by President Sall has come at a time when there are strong indications that the existing bilateral relations are improving, to the satisfaction of the peoples of both countries.
That President Sall paid his first official
visit as President to The Gambia, shows how important he sees The Gambia to
It is also evidence of the realization that our two governments and states are faced with the same problems and concerns, especially the crisis in Casamance, which could be addressed through concrete actions such as strengthened bilateral relations.
In our view, both Jammeh and Sall should try and nurture the idea of meeting more regularly, so as to review the state of the cooperation, and provide mutual support whenever needed by either country.
We have seen in the past when joint communiqués were signed during similar visits by former President Wade, but the implementation of decisions has been taking a long time and, in some cases, not even implemented at all.
We hope and pray that the governments of Presidents Macky Sall and Yahya Jammeh will make a difference by honouring all agreements signed between the two countries, especially with regards the free movement of people and goods.
re-export trade should be made effective by constructing good roads between
two leaders should also think about re-launching vessels or ferries between
Thus, we reiterate our insistence that the moribund Senegalo-Gambia permanent secretariat be revived.
We understand that the Consultative Commission between the two countries has been meeting, but concrete action is yet to be taken in the matter of re-establishing the Senegalo-Gambia permanent secretariat.
We believe its coming back to life will help strengthen bilateral cooperation and understanding to the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
We, therefore, reiterate our call for stronger and better Senegal-Gambia relations based on the activities and programmes that will be developed by technocrats of both countries at the permanent secretariat, when it becomes operational.
terms of security cooperation, necessitated by perceived and known threats to
the stability of the
We commend the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the security forces of the two countries, as it will help to reassure both sides of their commitment to ensure peaceful co-existence and good neighbourliness.
It is important that both countries make this commitment, because there is no way trade can flourish between the two countries in an atmosphere of suspicion and instability.
We want to remind all Senegambians that our common ancestry and history have bonded us together in such a way that we are condemned to live together forever.
It is, therefore, to the advantage of both states to emphasise our affinity rather than dwell on differences that are inimical to mutual progress and prosperity.
“We make our friends, we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour”.