Three West African presidents arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday (13 March) for talks with United Arab Emirates government officials.
Three West African presidents arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday (13 March) for talks with United Arab Emirates government officials. The African leaders were President Leopold Senghor of Senegal, President Moussa Traore of Mali, and Mauritania's President Moktar Ould Daddah.
SYNOPSIS: The West African party was met at the airport by United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan, After flying in from Saudi Arabia. The three President's visit to Abu Dhabi was aimed at strengthening ties between their countries and the U.A.E. and at working out financial plans for joint projects to develop the Senegal River Basin. In addition, the African delegation was to have wide-ranging discussions with the U.A.E. officials with particular emphasis on Arab-African solidarity, the situation in the Horn of Africa, and developments in the Middle East.
Senegal, Mali and Mauritania have formed a joint organisation to develop industrial, agricultural and power projects in the Senegal River Basin. The total cost of the planned developments is estimated at about a billion U.S. Dollars, and much of the finance is expected to come from Arab oil states.
In December, the three President visited Qatar and Kuwait for talks on financial aid, and their visits to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. this week also concerned the question of funds. The visiting dignitaries were well received in Abu Dhabi, and a Government spokesman told reporters that his country was genuinely interested in participating in the development of the Senegal Basin Project.