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Senegal President Warns of Terror Escalation

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John Gizzi, left, meets with Senegal President Macky Sall. (Newsmax)

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Senegal President Macky Sall warned that terror groups like al-Qaida were on the rise in Africa, and that it was a mistake for the West to overthrow Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 which precipitated even more unrest in the region.

In a comprehensive interview with me, Sall said Gadhafi and the resultant spread of Libyan terrorists throughout Africa were not coincidences. He echoed criticism of the move by former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., and other Republicans. “I think it was a mistake to overthrow Gadhafi,” Sall told me. “The Western countries have to understand definitely each country is special. You cannot have just one situation you want to apply everywhere without considering the reality of each situation.”

“I’m not defending the Gadhafi regime,” Sall said, adding, they “should have taken the time to see what happened and what would be the consequences of their action. You cannot just come, create a situation, and go back home. Because you leave people with the consequences of what happened in Libya.”

By “consequences,” he pointed to the intervention of the U.S., U.K. and France in Libya. “They intervened in Libya, Gadhafi is gone, and then there is some confusion,” recalled Sall. “The Libyan terrorists then come to Mali and create this situation [the bloody uprising of Islamic terrorists there last year, which was eventually put down by the French].  So we have to be very careful what is done in Libya and in Iraq and consider where they radical terrorists will go from there. Africa is an easy field for them. So the West must work closely with the African Union and the United Nations to preserve the African countries — and prevent the rise of radicalism in Africa.”

Sall also urged the next U.S. president to “work with all countries in Africa. I think the U.S. used to have different relations and sometimes deeper relations with African countries. So Mr. Trump should work more closely with the AU and the UN. What we need is more discussion, collaboration and cooperation before acting.”

Sall also warned of the spread of Africa’s homegrown terrorists Boko Haram and AQIM (al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb) to nearby countries such as Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast.

“We are all living in the same area — the [18] West African states,” he told us, “So people can move from one country to another without any visa or any restrictions. With this possibility, we have to be very concerned about this circulation of people. We have to be careful what will happen in Senegal.”

While a passionate believer in climate change, Sall stopped short of criticizing the President-elect’s choice of nationally-known climate change skeptic Myron Ebell to head his transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I think we have to wait until [Trump appointees] take their positions and them act,” he told me. “We cannot justify speculation. I’m waiting until the new President comes to office . . . We have to wait. The U.S. and other nations ought to be very careful about the way we are living today. We should try to get better and proper energy, if we want to preserve our environment.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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