On November 12, 2008, AAII’s President, Shaykh Tidiane Ali Cisse, received the President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Abdoulaye Wade, in his home in Medina-Baye Kaolack. President Wade presented his personal condolences and those of the nation of Senegal to Shaykh Tidiane Ali Cisse for the loss of his brother, AAII’s Founder, Shaykh Hassan Ali Cisse, in August of this year, and of his brother Seydina Oumar Cisse shortly thereafter.
In expressing his condolences and friendship, President Wade said that although he had dispatched high level representatives to convey his deep sympathy to Shaykh Tidiani Ali Cisse for these profound losses, he wished to present his sentiments personally.
President Wade offered his congratulations and best wishes to Shaykh Tidiane Ali Cisse in recognition of his selection as the Chief Imam of the Grand Mosque of Medina, and President of AAII. The Senegalese President acknowledged the many ways in which AAII contributes to the health and well being of the people of Senegal through its medicine distribution program and other health initiatives, to include immunization, promotion of breastfeeding, and the provision of access to care in rural areas.
AAII’s President expressed his appreciation to President Wade for his gracious visit and reiterated AAII’s commitment to work toward universal education, access to health care, empowerment of women, protection of children, alleviation of hunger and poverty and promotion of peace.
The cordial meeting concluded with the President of AAII and the President of the Republic of Senegal pledging their continued cooperation on behalf of the people of Senegal.