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Sarkozy and Senegal’s new president sign defence deal

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Latest update : 2012-04-18

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (pictured, right) met with Senegalese President Macky Sall (left) in Paris on Wednesday, where the two countries signed a new defence accord and a €130 million loan package.

AFP - France on Wednesday signed a new defence agreement and 130 million euro ($170 million) loan deal with Senegal during new President Macky Sall's first visit to his country's former colonial ruler.

The defence deal, signed with President Nicolas Sarkozy, confirmed a previous agreement with Senegal's former leader Abdoulaye Wade to reduce the presence of French troops in Dakar from 1,200 to 300 soldiers.

Sarkozy said other details of the deal would be released later.

Sall hailed the loan agreement, which will provide budget assistance to Senegal, as crucial for the country.

"This is a big dose of oxygen that you are giving to me, giving to the Senegalese people," he said.

The first part of the loan, worth 50 million euros, will be provided at the end of June.

Sall won a crushing victory over veteran president Wade on March 25, in a transfer of power hailed as an example of democracy in Africa.

Date created : 2012-04-18

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