Between Emmanuel Macron and Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a gathering to “give new impetus” to Franco-Senegalese relations | EUROtoday

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Emmanuel Macron and Senegalese President, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, at the Elysée, in Paris, June 20, 2024.

In protocol phrases, it was solely a working lunch between Emmanuel Macron and his Senegalese counterpart, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, and never an official go to to Paris by the latter. For their first bodily assembly, after a congratulatory name the day after his victory within the Senegalese presidential election of March 24, the 2 presidents however spoke face-to-face on the Elysée, Thursday, June 20, for greater than two o'clock.

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An indication that after the time of virulent criticism of French coverage in Africa, a theme on the coronary heart of the speech of the African Patriots of Senegal for work, ethics and fraternity (Pastef), the get together which introduced Bassirou Diomaye Faye and his charismatic Prime Minister Ousmane Sonko to energy, the time has come for the 2 leaders to come back to phrases with one another. What if the brand new head of state of Senegal had formally made the journey to Paris on the invitation of the Global Forum for Vaccine Sovereignty and Innovation, and, in accordance with his entourage, “accepted” the assembly with Emmanuel Macron, his delegation included a number of ministers, together with these of protection, economic system and international affairs.

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The joint press launch, revealed on the finish of their assembly, signifies that “the two heads of state expressed their common desire to give new impetus to the partnership between Senegal and France, based on mutual respect, a balanced partnership serving the reciprocal interests of the two peoples”.

“All subjects were put on the table”, assures an Elysian supply, glad with the tone of this primary assembly. Paris might concern experiencing the identical “clearance” wave in Senegal as in Mali, Burkina Faso or Niger; however, in view of the primary steps of this president who defines himself as sovereignist and pan-Africanist, the Elysée says he’s following with “special attention but no concern” the political evolution of one in every of its first companions in West Africa.

“We listen to needs”

Whether within the financial or protection fields, no announcement was made on the finish of the assembly. Concerning the way forward for army affect and the roughly 350 French troopers deployed in Dakar, “Emmanuel Macron presented the logic of the troop reduction movement, but we are listening to the needs. There is nothing conclusive at the moment,” relates the beforehand cited supply. Between Paris, which needs to cut back the variety of personnel at its African bases, and the brand new authorities in Dakar, who’ve repeatedly denounced the presence of international troops on their soil, factors of convergence might be discovered.

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On the financial chapter, whereas Bassirou Diomaye Faye is because of meet French enterprise leaders on Friday, once more no dedication has been made public. Paris stays the main international investor in Senegal and the second largest buying and selling accomplice after China. More than 250 French firms are primarily based there, contributing to almost 1 / 4 of the nation's tax revenues.

In this sequence, Emmanuel Macron additionally mentioned the warfare in Sudan with Moussa Faki Mahamat, the president of the African Union Commission, whereas the warfare between rival generals continues to destroy the nation and regional mediations are to the purpose of dying.

The French head of state was additionally as a result of meet, Thursday night, with the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, to, explains the Elysée, reiterate the message to him to stop his assist for the M23 rebels within the offensive within the japanese Democratic Republic of Congo whereas pushing for a complete method in hopes of ending the battle in that a part of the Great Lakes area.

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