Events in Libya 'tragic'

2011-06-03 09:07
Banjul - The "tragic" unrest in Libya could cause a spike in cross-border crime, arms trafficking and terrorism, the presidents of Mauritania and Gambia said in a joint statement Thursday.

On the last day of a four-day state visit to Gambia, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania signed a joint statement with his host, President Yahya Jammeh, voiced "profound preoccupation concerning the tragic events happening in Libya."

"We wish for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Libya for the security of our two countries," their statement said.

"Particularly its potential impact on trans-border crimes, illegal trafficking in small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, money laundering and terrorism," the leaders added.

The two also discussed bilateral trade, and called for more donor support, particularly to boost domestic agricultural production.

Thousands of people lined the airport road on Monday to welcome the Mauritanian leader on his first-ever visit to Gambia since taking office in 2009.

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