Senegal and Iran decided on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt to restore their diplomatic ties which they broke two years ago after Dakar accused Tehran of supplying weapons to southern Senegal rebels.
Senegal and Iran will re-open their respective embassies in Dakar and Teheran, the state-owned Senegalese press agency (APS) announced, quoting a joint communiqué.
Senegal and Iran ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mankeur Ndiaye and Ali Akbar Saheli, signed an agreement on the sidelines of the 12th OIC Summit currently holding in Cairo, Egypt.
Senegal decided to break its diplomatic ties with Iran in February 2011 after Nigeria discovered containers loaded with weapons meant for separatists Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC, founded in early 1980s)) in southern Senegal but had to transit through Gambia, the statement said.
The thirteen containers intercepted were declared as building materials and discharged from the CMA CGM Everest vessel at Apapa port, Lagos. They were loaded with mortars, grenades, light ammunition, rockets and tiles.
Source African Press Agency
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