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Senegal-Gambia relation is facing turbulent period

Apr 6, 2016, 10:25 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Senegalese Ambassador to The Gambia Professor Salieu Ndiaye has said Senegal-Gambia relationship is facing a “turbulent period”.

He made this statement during the celebration of Senegal’s 56th Independence Anniversary held at the Senegalese Ambassador’s residence in The Gambia, attended by Gambian Cabinet ministers, diplomats, and Gambians and Senegalese nationals in the country.

The Ambassador Ndiaye was quick to add that the two governments are working hand in glove, day and night to find a lasting solution to the border impasse.

He said: “We are condemned to live together. This problem is not the first time it has occurred. Having differences is normal in a relationship. We should always try a peaceful solution to the problem of the two governments and their peoples.”

The Gambia’s foreign minister, Hon. Neneh MacDouall-Gaye, who represented the Gambia government at the function, said: “The two countries are facing a difficult period, but the two governments are finding a peaceful and lasting solution to the issue for the benefit of the two countries, because one cannot separate The Gambia and Senegal as they share a strong bond and relationship. They were only divided by the colonial masters.”

She said the Gambia government has since its first republic nurtured friendly, peaceful and close brotherly relations with Senegal, “which is typically expected of the two communities”.