Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire must help strengthen integration within community institutions in West Africa in the face of turbulence and the risk of implosion in the region, Senegalese President Bassirou Diomaye Faye on a working visit to Abidjan

“I have received wise counsel from you, avenues of solutions that need to be explored so that we can re-strengthen the union, the unity in the large regional and sub-regional groupings that we share,” Mr. Faye said during the press. briefing after the interview with the head of state of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.

The President of Senegal confirmed his “constant availability” to work with the President of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, to strengthen their “common space”, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and even the African Union (AU). “I am convinced that we must continue to act in solidarity in the ECOWAS region, carry out the necessary reforms and work to remove misunderstandings that cannot fail,” he indicated. Mr. Fay.

Towards the reactivation of the Grand Joint Commission

Senegal’s president has called for the strengthening of cooperation between Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal to “better consider priorities” through the reactivation of the large Joint Commission of Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, which has been defunct for a decade. Mr. Ouattara said he and his counterpart had a “perfect rapprochement” on issues of democracy, regional cooperation and the international situation. The two heads of state, he said, directed their respective counterparts to further increase trade between the two countries to raise it to a “level worthy of a strong potential for cooperation. »