Zapatero to sign deal with Dakar to halt illegal arrivals

4th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

4 December 2006, MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero travelled to Senegal on Monday for a meeting with the country's president in an effort to try to halt illegal immigration to Spain.

4 December 2006

MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero travelled to Senegal on Monday for a meeting with the country's president in an effort to try to halt illegal immigration to Spain.

The arrival of the Spanish prime minister came as 151 illegal immigrants arrived at La Gomera in the Canary Islands the same day in a kayak.

Zapatero and his opposite number, Senegalese prime minister Abdoulaye Wade, were to hold talks after months of closer cooperation over the question of illegal immigration.

Despite moments of tension between both countries, when Senegal halted repatriation of its citizens, Zapatero praised the country's 'positive' action.

The European Union agency Frontex, which is patrolling the coasts of West Africa, was attempting to reduce the wave of immigrants which have swamped resources of the islands.

Zapatero is expected to sign a series of deals with Senegal which include the granting of a limited number of visas to the Senegalese.

Earlier Spain signed an accord in which Dakar promised to allow the repatriation of 5,000 Senegalese between September and October.

The Spanish prime minister is also going to meet with representatives of the Red Cross and other aid agencies.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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