Senegal's Prime Minister, Abou Diouf, arrived in Nouakchott last Saturday morning (July 25) for a short visit to Mauritania.
Senegal's Prime Minister, Abou Diouf, arrived in Nouakchott last Saturday morning (July 25) for a short visit to Mauritania. Prime Minister Diouf headed a delegation which included the Minister of the Interior, Amadou Cledor Sall, and other senior officials.
Prime Minister Diouf said on his arrival that he carried with him a personal message from President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal to the Mauritanian President Mokhtar Ould Daddah. President Senghor recently left Senegal for his annual holiday in France.
M. Diouf added that he was certain he would take back with him encouraging prospects for the development of relations between the two countries after his visit.
Speaking of alleged Portuguese aggression against Senegal, the Prime Minister said the situation at the frontier was now calm, and that Senegal had taken the necessary measures to safeguard its territorial integrity and protect its people. Senegal borders Portuguese Guinea, where a colonial war has been fought for several years now between the Portuguese and indigenous guerrillas.
M. Diouf said Senegal was now conducting diplomatic moves aimed at leading Portugal to adopt a more reasonable attitude.
M. Diouf had an audience with President Ould Daddah before meeting Mauritanian officials for brief talks. It was through that they discussed customs matters among other subjects as the Senegalese Director of Customs, Chekou Faye, was in M. diouf's delegation.
The Senegalese delegation looked over a nearby carpet workshop before leaving for Dakar.
On Tuesday M. Amadou Cisse Dia, speaker of Senegal's National Assembly, headed a parliamentary delegation which arrived in Mauritania for a six-day official visit.