EU issues statement on political dialogue with Gambia


“The cooperation between the EU and The Gambia is broad and deep. The political dialogue stipulated by the Cotonou Agreement provides a platform for discussion on matters of mutual concerns. This dialogue is an integral part of the EU-Gambia cooperation. The meeting held on 8th April 2014 allowed for a frank discussion on an array of issues in a spirit of partnership and in good atmosphere.  Amongst other things, we addressed:  1) Follow up to the EU-Africa Summit held in Brussels on 2 and 3 April , 2) Political and economic situation in both the EU and The Gambia , 3) Issuing of Schengen visas for Gambian officials , 4) Security challenges in West Africa, 5) Governance and Human Right issues, 6) EU – Gambia development cooperation. While progress on common concerns was made and acknowledged, further discussions are needed and provisioned. The EU looks forward to pursuing the political dialogue on all subjects discussed and wishes to thank the Government of The Gambia for the organisation of the meeting,” it stated.

The Gambia was represented by Minister for Presidential Affairs and Secretary General, Head of Civil Service, Mr Momodou Sabally, Ministers Dr Abubacar Senghore, Ousman Sonko, Abdou Kolley, Dr Omar Sey, Mama Fatima Singhateh, Ambassador (now minister) Mamour Alieu Jagne and many other Gambian mandarins. The EU side was represented by  Dominique Dellicour – Ambassador of the European Union to The Gambia, Johan Verkammen – Ambassador of Belgium, Pieter Jan Kleiweg de Zwaan – Ambassador of the Netherlands, Agnès Guillaud – Chargée d’Affaires a.i. EU Delegation Banjul, George Sherriff – Chargé d’Affaires a.i. British Embassy in The Gambia,  Yann Pradeau – 1st Counsellor, Embassy of France, Eduardo Romero – 1st Secretary of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain, Michele Cavallo – 1st Secretary, Embassy of Italy, Sara Gasquard – Political Counsellor, Embassy of Belgium; Karolina Stasiak – Desk Officer for The Gambia and Senegal, European External Action Service – Anita Martin – Resident Representative  of the German Embassy and Inez Hariedy – Political and Information Officer, EU Delegation Banjul.