Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Kevin Parker, Senator of Brooklyn, State of New York, who is visiting Nouakchott, on Monday called for the consolidation of ties between the United States and Mauritania at all levels.
Speaking at the end of talks with Mr Sidi Mohamed Ould Maham, leader of the Union for Republic (UPR), the main party of the presidential majority, Senator Parker said: “Our presence in Mauritania is to get in touch with the government authorities, the political class and civil society to strengthen the relations between our two countries.”
He said talks with the UPR leader focused on the role they could play “in the rapprochement between our governments and our peoples; they are anchored in the democratic culture and managed in harmony with the aspiration of our people to the consolidation of peace and liberty”.
Senator Parker is known for his commitment for the cause of the black minority in USA.
His visit to Mauritania comes less than two weeks after three anti-slavery activists were sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Those jailed include Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, leader of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA). He was a presidential candidate in the 2014 elections, coming second behind President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, and also winner of the UN prize for human rights in 2013.
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