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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Hon Ousainu A.N.M Darboe informed that the Joint Ministerial Meeting would avail delegates from both the Republics of The Gambia and Senegal the opportunity to review, identify successes and agreements reached during His Excellency President Adama Barrow's first official visit to Dakar in March 2017.

According to him, "such a review is to enable us to reach a common understanding and to find possible solutions for the mutual benefit of our two countries and peoples."

In a bid to strengthening the excellent bilateral ties between the two countries, Hon. Darboe informed that periodic consultations should be enhanced. He further mentioned that, it is the responsibility of both countries to join hands in the development of the region, bearing in mind the need for a strong commitment in promoting peaceful co-existence, good neighbourliness and brotherly relations based on mutual respect and trust.

The Hon. Minister echoed that, "we will leave no stone unturned with regards to any challenge that poses potential hindrance to achieving progress in the pursuit of our common objectives."

He extended heartfelt appreciation to the Government and people of the Republic of Senegal for the support given to the Republic of The Gambia in its democratisation process, maintenance of peace and security.

On his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Senegal, Hon. Sidiki Kaba, expressed delight for the establishment of the first Presidential Council. Minister Kaba informed that almost 65 percent of the work at the construction of the Transgambia Bridge has been completed . while hailing the Senelec partnership with Nawec, he mentioned that what is required now is the political impulsion to the decisions which will be done by the Presidential Council.

A joint communiqué highlighting successes, challenges and agreements endorsed to by both parties will be issued. Both documents will bear the signatures of President Macky Sall and President Barrow.


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