Sarkozy discusses illegal immigration with Senegal

11th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 11, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade on Monday to discuss a recent agreement to stem the flow of illegal immigrants from Africa to Europe.

PARIS, June 11, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade on Monday to discuss a recent agreement to stem the flow of illegal immigrants from Africa to Europe.

Sarkozy signed the accord in Dakar in September when he was interior minister, praising it as a major step toward combating illegal immigration.

Sarkozy and Wade "confirmed their total convergence of views on the quality of the accord on regulating immigration," said presidential spokesman David Martinon.

The deal provides for French assistance to help Senegal monitor its coastline and commits both sides to measures for repatriating illegal Senegalese immigrants.

Wade, the 81-year-old leader who has been in office since 2000, told reporters following the meeting that the agreement "was very good" and that "when you sign an accord, you are in agreement with its content."

Sarkozy "expressed his willingness to have a close partnership between the two countries," said Martinon.

Sarkozy, who took office last month, plans to toughen immigration laws to make it more difficult for immigrant families to be reunited in France and to grant work visas to foreigners based on the needs of the French economy.


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