His Excellency Lotfollah Bakhtiari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran accredited to Sierra Leone and resident in Freetown, has taken formal leave of the Minister of State 1 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Mohammed Gibril Sesay, at the Ministry’s office, Tower Hill, Freetown.
In his farewell statement to the Minister of State 1 and Senior Management staff of the Ministry, His Excellency Lotfollah Bakhtiari on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran conveyed sincere gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the warm reception given to the Iranian community and organisations/or institutions operating in the country.
The outgoing Ambassador underscored that in spite the devastating impact of the Ebola scourge in Sierra Leone, coupled with the international challenges facing his country, he has always remained focused and committed in the cause of maintaining, strengthening and broadening the bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Iran and the Republic of Sierra Leone through the implementation of a variety of programmes and projects.
His Excellency Lotfollah Bakhtiari further outlined various technical and development cooperation programmes that are currently being implemented by both countries. These include: Joint political and Economic Working Committe headed by the level of Director Generals of the Foreign Ministries of both countries; and the establishment of a Technical and Vocational Institution. He also informed that securing approval for the construction of the TecVoc Institute including the importation of modern equipment from Iran and training of trainers are on course.
Other important bilateral issues raised and discussed by the Ambassador bordered around: enhancement of economic cooperation, Human security projects and other global issues.
Dr. Mohamed Gibril Sesay on behalf of Government and the people of the Republic of Sierra Leone, thanked the outgoing Ambassador for enduring his mission in Sierra Leone. He described the bilateral relations between Iran and Sierra Leone as very cordial underscoring the significance of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. ‘Please extend the relationship between Iran and Sierra Leone and my regards to the Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran’, Dr. Gibril Sesay, concluded.
Present were: the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large, Deputy Director Generals for Operations and Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.