Situation of Senegalese abroad, relations with Mali, commitment with President Macky Sall: Aïssata Tall Sall explains

His presence yesterday, Wednesday, December 7, in the National Assembly, for the budget vote of his ministry, is an opportunity for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, Aïssata Tall Sall, to return to the management of diplomacy, but also to initiatives will be implemented for Senegalese living abroad.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, Aïssata Tall Sall, who was in the National Assembly yesterday, Wednesday, December 7, for the vote on the budget of his ministry, announced that he will go today (Thursday December 8) to France to participate in the Intergovernmental Conference organized by the French Republic. This mission will be an opportunity to start negotiations with the French authorities so that Senegalese who have retired in France can recover their pensions in Senegal, without having to travel to France every 6 months.

Also on the occasion of this seminar, he will discuss the possibility of making the wives of diplomats work, so that they do not need to receive 500,000 CFA francs per month from the State of Senegal. According to Aïssata Tall Sall, it is forbidden for ambassadors’ wives to work in host countries. The exchanges will also focus on the possibility that the visa fees requested by the diplomatic representations will be paid, in case of refusal.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, also announced that the Senegalese consulate that is currently in Madrid (Spain), will be moved to Barcelona, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The promise of the head of diplomacy in Senegal is also the census of Senegalese in Equatorial Guinea, to allow those who want to go home, to find themselves.

“SENEGAL NEVER PUT WRONG WITH THE EMBARGO”

Talking about the relations between Senegal and Mali, Aïssata Tall Sall said that “Senegal never put Mali under embargo”. The action taken, he defended, was in response to the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which placed this country under the embargo. Better, he said, the good relations between Senegal and Mali can be seen in the visit made by the President of the Republic, Macky Sall, to this neighboring country.

In addition, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad said that the President of the Republic Macky Sall has never shown an availability to be a mediator between France and Mali. He, however, the Senegalese Minister of Foreign Affairs, who expressed the desire to do so, as often happens (in other countries where the Senegalese diplomacy conducts mediations), in response to the question of a journalist from Radio France international (RFI).

OVER 600 MILLION FCFA FOR DEMINING CASAMANCE

The problem of mines that continue to pollute the land and slow down many development actions in the southern region of Senegal, especially for the displaced who returned to their land thanks to the Army sweeps and the slowdown, invited to debates. In the National Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, announced that Senegal has benefited from the support of one million euros (plus 600 million CFA francs) from Canada to launch mining operations in Casamance.

AISSATA TALL SALL: “I’M WITH MACKY SALL BECAUSE…”

In addition, his presence in the hemicycle is an opportunity for the minister to respond to those who criticize his political commitment. “I have never been a member of a front for the departure of Macky Sall. I am with Macky Sall because I think that is where I should be. I was one of those who chose him in 2012”he said.

In the diplomatic and consular card, he announced the completion of construction works on the buildings housing the Senegalese embassies in Nigeria and Nouakchott as well as the start of works in some countries, especially in Mali, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

MBAYANG DIOP CASE AND DOUBLE PASSPORT PRODUCTION CENTERS, FROM 8 TO 16, FOR THE DIASPORA

The detention of Senegalese Mbayang Diop has returned to debates. On the issue, Aïssata Tall Sall said that help was given to her, but the State wanted to do everything in order.

Another commitment of Senegalese diplomacy is to increase the number of passport production centers, which will increase from 8 to 16, and mobile registration bags. New Production Centers will be opened in Egypt, South Africa, Congo, America, Asia, Brazil, Canada, China, United Arab Emirates, Naples and Marseille. Similarly, the minister pointed out, travel commissions will continue in 2023 for Senegalese enrollment.

BUDGET OF OVER 72 BILLION FOR THE 2023 FINANCIAL YEAR

The budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad is set at 72,356,690,396 CFA francs in commitment authorizations (Ae) and payment credits (Cp).

Fatou Ndiaye

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