The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, met the Senegalese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mankeur Ndiaye, at the Farnesina today. Bilateral cooperation on migration issues in the framework of the Rabat Process was one of the main subjects for discussion. “Senegal is a strategic country for us in achieving the goals of the Rabat Process”, said Gentiloni, “especially as regards the efficient management of migration flows from western Africa. The success of the Rome Conference in November 2014 was also a result of the great commitment shown by the Senegalese co-presidency”, continued Gentiloni.
Italy’s contribution to Senegal in terms of development cooperation in western Africa and political collaboration on issues such as the United Nations reform were among the other topics addressed.
Minister Gentiloni told his colleague that he appreciated the stabilisation role played by Senegal in regional crises, most notably in preventing and combating the Ebola epidemic.
The two foreign ministers also discussed the security situation in Libya, Mali and Nigeria, over which they expressed concern and underscored their common commitment to combating terrorist actions.
At the end of their meeting Gentiloni and Ndiaye signed an agreement on cultural, scientific and technical collaboration