A special envoy of the Senegalese president dispatched to Banjul, on Wednesday said he discussed with the Gambian leader, the existing bilateral relationship between Banjul and Dakar. Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, shortly after his closed-door session with His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, told waiting journalists that his mission in the country was to deliver a special message to the Gambian leader from his Senegalese counterpart, His Excellency President Macky Sall. He revealed that during the meeting, he discussed with President Jammeh an array of issues concerning the two countries.
"The meeting availed us the opportunity to discuss and reaffirm the bond of ties between the two nations. We have also talked about so many areas of importance to the two countries, notably The Gambia's efforts to bring lasting peace to Casamance, improved cooperation on commercial activities, and the forthcoming Gambia-Senegal Commission meeting which is supposed to be held in Banjul in October this year," he further revealed. According to Minister Ndiaye, the Gambian leader has appealed to them to shift the meeting so that it would take place a little earlier than the scheduled month (October) this year. He said the appeal is noted and they would consult each other and decide on it as soon as possible. "I used the opportunity to also extend President Sall's invitation for President Jammeh to make an official visit to Senegal," he added. The Senegalese Foreign minister, on behalf of his president, commended President Jammeh for the manner in which he welcomed the new Senegalese ambassador to Banjul and also for allocating them a site to build the ambassadorial residence in Banjul.