Source: Xinhua News Agency
DAKAR, July 10 (Xinhua) — Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade and his Mauritanian counterpart Sidy Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who has completed a one-day visit to Senegal, affirmed Tuesday their willingness to strengthen friendship and cooperation relations in all fields between the two neighboring countries, according to official sources.
The two heads of state encouraged the initiative taken by their two governments to organize a meeting here, in July, of the technical committee in charge of monitoring cooperation in the field of fisheries, according to Mauritanian interior minister Yall Zakaria, who accompanied president Abdallahi in his visit.
The two presidents also directed their ministers of foreign affairs to prepare, as soon as possible, a meeting in the Senegalese capital of the 10th session of mixed grand cooperation commission.
“They urged them to pursue efforts with view of intensifying trade exchanges and boost joint investments in the framework of mutual benefit partnership,” affirmed the Mauritanian minister.
President Wade hailed the decision taken by his counterpart to give privilege to dialogue, with different stakeholders of Mauritanian society, in managing the return to their original homes Mauritanian refugees living in Senegal and in Mali, says the sources.
Thousands of Mauritanian refugees fled to Senegal and Mali following the violent incidents which took place in April 1989 in the region bordering the two countries.