Polish President Andrzej Duda begins official visit to Senegal

AA / Dakar / Alioune Ndiaye

President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda arrived in Dakar on Thursday as part of a 48-hour official visit. This visit is part of a tour of the Polish leader in the West African sub-region.

“Senegal will be President Duda’s third stop after Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire during his visit to the West African region from September 6 to 09, 2022. This is not only the first visit of the Polish head of state in Senegal, but also the first in this part of the world,” said a statement from the Polish Embassy in Dakar.

“I thank President Andrzej Duda of Poland for his official visit to Senegal. We discussed this morning on the ways and means of strengthening the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation between our two countries”, indicated President Macky Sall who welcomed his guest at the Leopold Senghor military airport in Dakar.

According to the note from the Polish diplomatic representation, Sall, who is also the current president of the African Union (AU), and Duda will hold talks during which, in addition to bilateral issues, they will also discuss global issues.

“The talks will focus on the Russian military operation on Ukrainian territory and its consequences for the African continent, in particular the food crisis and the increase in the cost of living resulting from the rise in energy prices, which particularly affects the society in many African countries,” notes the statement from the embassy, ​​indicating that regional security issues in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region, will be on the menu of discussions.

“An important element of the bilateral discussions will be the subject of potential cooperation in the energy sector. Senegal is rich in natural deposits, including gas whose production is scheduled for 2023,” the document continues.

Two agreements on economic cooperation and sport will also be signed between the two countries.

President Duda’s visit to West Africa is part of his desire to strengthen his bilateral relations with African countries. In these two countries, in Nigeria as in Côte d’Ivoire, Duda was received by his respective counterparts Muhamadu Buhari and Alassane Ouattara for exchanges on the subject and agreements signed in this way.


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