By Muhammad Bah
The Senegalese delegates invited to the opening of the 2015
legislative year on Friday extended their visit to Saturday 28th
February 2015, holding talks with their Gambian counterparts on
strengthening ties between the Gambia and Senegal towards mutual
benefits and common interest for both peoples and governments.
This meeting was held in the afternoon at the Clay Oven Hotel in
Fajara where they were hosted by the Speaker of the National Assembly
Hon. Abdoulie Bojang and his parliamentary.
In a press conference, Speaker Bojang told the media that the purpose
is geared towards strengthening the relationships between the two
countries. He pointed out Senegal and the Gambia are two but one. Hon.
Mouhamed Tete Diedhiou president of the parliamentary committee for
foreign affairs, African Union and Senegalese abroad added that their
objective is to promote and strengthen the role of the Senegalo-Gambia
permanent Secretariat office located at Cape Point in Bakau.
The Foroyaa Reporter Mr. Muhammad Bah asked what level of relationship
they want to reach that is different from what the two states have.
Hon. Mustapha Diakhate majority leader and president of parliamentary
party coalition in Senegal replied they will create a parliamentary
committee to solely steer the relationship of the two countries. “We
will invite our counterparts to Senegal and we will do all we can [to
strengthen relations] between the two heads of states”.
Hon. Fabakary T. Jatta Majority leader of the National Assembly added
that the relationship between the two states is guided by the
intentions of its leaders and this he said is evident on both sides.
He said the two Executives have their relationships and for them as
parliamentarians their involvement in the diplomatic process to
further smoothen the relationship is important.
Hon. Sheriff Abba Sanyang, Deputy Executive Secretary Senegalo-Gambia
Permanent Secretariat said that they have accomplished their effort by
bringing both parties to the table. He expressed confidence in further
The Gambian team includes the Speaker of the National Assembly. Hon.
Abdoulie Bojang, Hon. Fabakary T. Jatta Majority Leader, Hon. Abdoulie
Saine Chairman of Committee on foreign affairs, Netty Baldeh chairman
on EU and African Union, Mam Cherno Jallow and Kasim Jallow while the
delegation from Senegal includes Hon. Iba Der Thiam an adviser to
President Macky Sall and a Former Minister of the Senegalese
government, Hon. Mustapha Diakhate majority leader and president of
the parliamentary party coalition BENNO BOKA YAAKAAR,
Hon. Mouhamed Tete Diedhiou president of the parliamentary committee
for foreign affairs, African Union and Senegalese abroad, Mr. Sanna
Camara Administrative secretary and National Mobiliser of the ruling
APR Party in Senegal and an Adviser at the office of the president, Mr.
Fiacre Coly regional president and divisional council chairman of
Casamance Region and Mr. Ibrahima Faye.