Cape Verde President Aristides Pereira has made his first official visit to Senegal since the Cape Verde Islands gained their independence from Portugal in 1975.
Cape Verde President Aristides Pereira has made his first official visit to Senegal since the Cape Verde Islands gained their independence from Portugal in 1975. The purpose of his trip was to stress co-operation between the two African countries, and before President Pereira left Dakar, he signed a joint communique with Sengal President Leopold Sedar Senghor.
SYNOPSIS: The presidential plane arrived in Dakar on March the tenth. Mr. Pereira had made short trips to Dakar int he past, during Cape Verde's fight for independence, but this was the first official visit. He was accompanied by his wife, and they were greeted at the airport by Senegal President and Mrs. Senghor. Mr. Pereira emphasised the importance of co-operation in economic and political fields between Cape Verde and its closest neighbour, Senegal. Both leaders said their strong bi-lateral relations set an example for regional co-operation.
The customary bouquet of flowers for Mrs. Pereira at the start of the welcoming ceremony.
The two presidents and their wives observed the guard of honour and saluted the colours. Although this was President Pereira's first official visit to Dakar, his government ministers visit the Senegalese capital fairly often for meetings of the Senegal-Cape Verde joint commission. In fact, the Cape Verde delegation had been in Dakar for talks the week before President Pereira arrived. In addition to economic co-operation, both leaders stress their non-alignment to any major world powers.
President and Mrs. Pereira were introduced to government ministers and diplomats on their first day in Dakar. During his stay, Mr. Pereira visited the Casamance province in southern Senegal, an area that played a large part in Cape Verde's independence. The province served as a support base for Cape Verde Nationalist exiles who were fighting for independence.