Lisbon, 20 June 2023 (TDI): Macky Sall, President of Senegal, met with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, and with António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal.

Macky Sall received the guard of honor at the Praça do Império before laying a bouquet at the tomb of Luís de Camões at the Jerónimos Monastery.

The Senegalese President was invited by the Portuguese president on a two-day visit to Portugal. The President of Senegal had meetings with his counterpart in the Belém Palace.

The goal of this visit is to strengthen the relationship between the two countries and increase cooperation in various fields.

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Macky Sall then met with António Costa at the São Bento Palace; He also hosted a session in the national parliament.

He was also invited to a dinner hosted by the head of the state to maintain a friendly status between the two countries.

Future Cooperation

In the São Bento Palace, both leaders signed legal instruments to increase cooperation in aquaculture and sports with the help of AICEP.

While many Portuguese-based companies are operating in Senegal but there is still room for betterment.

Both sides agreed to increase cooperation in fields such as blue economy, hydropower plants, and infrastructure.

During the one on one meeting, the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, discussed the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict with Macky Sall, President of Senegal.

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Macky Sall, who recently got back from a peace mission aiming to broker peace between the two warring sides.

After the meeting, both leaders attended a press conference where they answered journalists’ questions.

The Senegalese President applauded Portugal’s commitment to democracy while some elements are trying to taint it.

After the arrest of Ousmane Sonko, the main opposition candidate for the election of 2024 against Macky Sall, Senegal itself is facing social unrest.

Protests are being held countrywide and police are trying to control the protests resulting in 16 dead.