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Senegal's foreign minister vows stronger Senegalo-Gambian ties

May 3, 2011, 1:10 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Senegalese Foreign Minister Madicke Niang Friday evening met President Yahya Jammeh at State House in Banjul.

Foreign Minister Niang told reporters after meeting the Gambian leader that he is in Banjul to deliver a message from President Abdoulaye Wade.

Niang expressed the Senegalese President's resolve to strengthen Senegalo-Gambian ties, and broaden economic and political ties as well through the establishment of the Joint Consultative Commission and the Senegalo-Gambian Permanent Secretariat.

Niang also disclosed that plans to improve relations in the social sector, especially in the areas of education and health are in the pipeline, while renewing the interest of the two leaders to protect the bond binding the people of the two countries.

He said that anyone who tries to bring instability between the two countries will not succeed, because the two countries are bound together as one.

"There is nothing that can exist between the two countries other than peace and unity. Senegalese are here in The Gambia living in peace, likewise the Gambians in Senegal living in peace. Anybody who tries to bring trouble between the two countries, whether a driver or whatever, if you think that you can bring trouble between the two countries, you should know that this will not work," he declared.

The content of Maitre Wade's message to Jammeh was not disclosed by the Senegalese envoy.

However, observers note that Niang's visit comes at a time of reports that members of the Senegalese motor drivers' union have been blocking inter-state vehicular movement across the common border, as a way of expressing their grievances.