Friday, July 19, 2024

Senegal Army Chief visits ECOMIG troops, meets President Barrow

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Brigadier General Cheikh Dieye, the Senegal Chief of Defense Staff Tuesday evening met Gambia’s President Adama Barrow at his based at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.

Brigadier General Dieye is in Banjul to visit his troops among the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG).

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The troops are in the country under ECOWAS mandate since January to flush out former President Yahya Jammeh who lost the December polls to President Adama Barrow and refused to handover power.

Fortunately, there was no military intervention as former President Jammeh during last ditch negotiations, agreed and relinquished power and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Brigadier General Dieye expressed satisfaction with his troops and urged them to comport themselves according to standard and execute their duties and responsibilities accordingly.

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Meanwhile, new President Adama Barrow urged the sub-regional bloc to extend the mandate of the mission to six months. It has since been approved by the ECOWAS Commission President Marcel de Souza with advise from the United Nations. During the period, the troops are expected to sanitize the Gambian territory, especially the State House and Jammeh’s home village of Kanilai where heavy arms and ammunition were kept.

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