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Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2024

“We will work closely with the Gambia Defense and Security Forces” Says New Ecomig Commander

Colonel Boubacar Touré, who is the new commander of the Ecomig forces, said that he is committed to closely work with the Gambia Armed Forces and all other security forces to sustain the country’s peace and stability.

The new Commander made this statement yesterday after receiving the handing over of the command of the Ecomig forces from his fellow Senegalese Colonel Aly Kane.

He said that the forces will not do anything without communicating and that they want to have a very good relationship with them so that they would be able to achieve whatever they want to achieve together.

Colonel Boubacar Touré added that the Ecomig forces will ensure all their activities are well coordinated with the Gambian security forces adding that they would ensure to have a transparent and accountable mission, and that they have this conviction that when the Gambia is peaceful, Senegal will equally have peace.

The New Commander further highlighted that the Senegalese troops will continue to work closely with the people of Foni to ensure that the population understands their mission so that they are able to foster a better working relationship.

Colonel Aly Kane, the outgoing Commander said that his mission was to ensure that to understand the dynamics in the country and that their forces and started with a joint operation with the Gambian security forces.

 Adding that they also focused more on seismic programs to sensitize the civilians on their mission and provide them with free medical assistance, and to also provide medical personnel in various hospitals and provide medical consultations at their various camps.

The ECOWAS country Representative Miatta Lily French, recommended the outgoing commander for his immense achievements towards fostering peace and security. She also thanked the Gambia defense and security forces for their support of the mission, the Ecomig troops, and advised the new commander to build on the achievements of his predecessor.

Colonel Kane said that the Senegalese government provided the Senegalese troops with $20,000 to renovate the Bwiam Hospital and provide them with medical equipment, and also implored all the necessary measures to ensure that they have no conflict with the Gambian Army.

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