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Security: Senegal’s absence at Sahel summit irks former FM

Summit on peace and security in the Sahel region - Senegal's former Foreign Affairs Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio has expressed surprise at his country's absence from the recent extraordinary summit on peace and security in the Sahel region, held in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital.

During a political rally on the outskirts of Senegal's capital, Dakar, ahead of the 29 June local council polls, Dr Gadio - who chairs the Pan-African movement (MCP) - wondered why Senegal would not attend the meeting that brought together heads of states of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.

'Historically speaking, Senegal is part of the Sahel region. Since the existence of the Sahel belt, Senegal has been a part of it,' the former minister said.

Dr Gadio expressed the fear that Senegal might isolate itself from ongoing efforts to seek global solutions to the problem of peace and security in the Sahel region.

Pana 18/02/2014