Barrow-Saal agree to open borders on March 29

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, Gambia: President Adama Barrow said he and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Saal have signed an agreement to permanently open their borders for the free flow of people.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday on his return from the Senegalese capital, Dakar where he cohosted the second edition of the presidential council meeting between the two countries, Mr
Barrow said he and his counterpart have had discussions in several areas, ranging from timber, border, transportation and the domestication of air services.

The first edition of the presidential council meeting was held in Banjul in 2018 following president Barrow’s visit to Dakar in 2017, during which several agreements were made to improve close ties and cooperation in different sectors of developmental program of the two states.

Since Mr Barrow came to power in 2017, the two head of states agreed to heightened the relationship and cooperation of the two countries and developed strategic partnership for the interest of the nations.

The two leaders’ Thursday meeting was preceded by a meeting of experts and ministers of the countries who reviewed the progress made on the outcome of the first meeting in Banjul.

‘Several agreements were signed but what is important is that we have all greed on principle to domesticate air service between Gambia and Senegal. We have also agreed that the two countries will now open their borders 24/7 from March 29.’

Mr Barrow said the two countries domestication of air service will make things cheaper and allow many people to travel between the two countries through air. ‘This is one of the most important meeting we had at bilateral level with Senegal and one of the most presidential council meeting.’

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