Gambian President Adama Barrow called on European Union (EU) members to consider The Gambia’s prevailing domestic challenges that are responsible for its migration crisis after meeting visiting Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grandea Marlaska Gomoz, the Gambian State House said Thursday in a statement.
“Any progressive discussion on migration between the Kingdom of Spain, and the European Union in general, must take into account domestic socio-economic challenges facing The Gambia and other African countries as a whole,” Barrow said in the statement.
He added that cooperation with European partners must include development strategies focused on building capacities to empower youths as well as strengthen the national economy for jobs creation in order to reduce exodus of youths and the risks cross-border criminal activities.
For his part, Gomez told journalists that his mission in The Gambia is to strengthen bilateral ties, including discussion on migration crisis.
“We agreed that security should not be our only area of consideration. Other social and economic areas are equally important to security. If we want to get a peaceful relations between Europe and Africa, we have to get into development,” he said.
According to local media, Spain and The Gambia are going to collaborate and work together on training for security forces. Civil protections, transnational criminal activities such as narcotic networks, terrorism and irregular migration networks are also areas of common concern for both countries. Enditem