The European Commissioner for Home Affair, Ylva Johansson declared on Friday that the European Union pledges to accomplish the route Nouakchott-Rosso, which represent a big interest to Mauritania, reaffirming the determination of the European Union to accompany the efforts of the country’s development.
This revelation was made during a press conference held alongside the Spanish minister of the interior, after an audience with President of the Republic, Mohamed O. Cheikh Ghazouani.
The European Commissioner added that the European Union is planning to provide Mauritania with an envelope of 48 million euros to help the country in its program of development, 12 million of which are destined to reinforce the country’s efforts in the health sector to cope with Covid-19.
As for the Spanish minister, he declared that his country attaches big interest to its strategic relations with Mauritania, qualifying them as strong, profound, and based on common interests and shared objectives.
He also said that the relations between Spain and Mauritania are not merely economic, cultural, and commercial, but they also include important issues, which are under the remit of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
The Spanish minister added that a wide range of factors contributed to making both countries partners and allies, in addition to the friendly and neighboring relations.
A few years ago, the European Union pledged to partially finance the route Nouakchott-Rosso for an amount of 42.5 million euros while the Mauritanian state would provide 8.5 million euros, a project which was impeded by many problems.
The Portuguese company, which was responsible for the Nouakchott-Bombri (145km), could not honor its commitment, which has led the Mauritanian state to terminate the contract.