State visit: Adama Barrow in Paris and Brussels

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A statement from State House in Banjul on Monday said President Barrow and a high-powered delegation will leave Banjul for the French capital Paris at 3am on Tuesday.

The Gambian leader and President Hollande are expected to hold talks over future bilateral cooperation and fostering warmer ties between Banjul and Paris.

Barrow and his delegation will later on Tuesday proceed to Brussels, Belgium, where he would hold meetings with top European Union officials.

Official sources say the talks will revolve around Gambia-EU relations following the change of leadership from Yahya Jammeh to Mr. Barrow.

The EU recently pledged a €75 million aid package to The Gambia to help fix its battered economy after Jammeh allegedly siphoned off billions of dollars from the state coffers and fled into exile after losing last December’s presidential election to Barrow.

The talks will also feature foreign policy positions on the deportation of illegal and undocumented Gambian migrants from Europe.

Banjul is said to have signed a series of treaties with the EU in Banjul that would facilitate those repatriated to be provided with money to engage in businesses.

APA-Banjul (The Gambia)

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