Latest news category

Vatican Ambassador to Sierra Leone takes formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to Sierra Leone with residence in Monrovia, Liberia, His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk, accompanied by the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Sierra Leone, has taken formal leave of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at the Ministry’s Tower Hill Office, Freetown.

His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk on behalf of the Holy Sea (Pope), extended sincere condolences and solidarity to the Government and people of Sierra Leone following the Ebola scourge, the recent floods and mudslide disaster in the country. The Apostolic Nuncio expressed gratitude for the bilateral cooperation between Sierra Leone and the Vatican. ‘My principal function was to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relations between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Holy Sea; and to foster close relations with the conference of Bishops by offering assistance in various ways’, His Excellency Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk added.

The Apostolic Nuncio outlined some of the tremendous contributions of the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone, particularly in the areas of education, health and other social services, which are clear testimonies of the invaluable service of the Catholic Church in the country. He prayed for lasting peace and a peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara expressed profound thanks and appreciation for the numerous contributions of the Catholic Community toward national cohesion and social development, including the consoling messages during trying moments in the country. ‘The spirit of the local community being together is our hope’, he added. Dr. Samura Kamara extended felicitations to His Holiness, Pope Francis, and assured the Catholic Nuncio of his Ministry’s support to the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone.

It could be recalled that HE Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk was appointed on the 21st September 2013 as the Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Sierra Leone (with residence in Monrovia); and successfully presented his letters of credence to His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on the 13th February 2014.

Present at the ceremony were: the Archbishop of Freetown, Rev. Dr. Edward Tamba Charles; the Auxiliary Bishop of Kenema, Rev. Henry Aruna; the Apostolic Administrator of Makeni, Bishop Natale Paganelli, the Secretary of the Nunciature, Fr. Giovanni Bicchierri; Secretary to the Archbishop, Rev. Fr. Joseph D. Miller; the Acting Director General, Dr. Michael S. Kargbo and Directors of various Divisions and Heads of Sections of the Ministry.

Salone Foreign Minister Presents Five Ambassadors to President Koroma

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara accompanied by the Director General and Senior Management staff of the Ministry, today (14 July 2017) facilitated the presentation of Letters of Credence for five Ambassadors Designate to the Republic of Sierra Leone, to His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at a colourful ceremony held at State House in Freetown.

Dr. Samura Kamara, in separate occasions, introduced the five foreign envoys to His Excellency the President, Cabinet Ministers and other senior Government officials present at the ceremony.

The Five Ambassadors Designate include: Feni Kouakou of the Republic of La Cote D’Ivoire with residence in Liberia; Mrs. Anna Semou Faye of the Republic of Senegal with residence in Guinea; Mr. Driss Isbayene of the Kingdom of Morocco with residence in Guinea; Mr. Mohamed Salam Alrashdi of the United Arab Emirates resident in Senegal; and Mr. Mansyur Pangeran of the Republic of Indonesia with residence in Senegal.

The five foreign envoys designate accredited to the Republic of Sierra Leone, in their respective speeches during the presentation of their letters of Credence, extended their warmest fraternal greetings of their leaders to President Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone. The foreign envoys expressed their desires in deepening and strengthening the existing bilateral relations between the Republic of Sierra Leone and their respective countries, through increased technical cooperation in various sectors such as; economic, trade, agriculture, education, strategic industries, and also people to people contact.

President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in his response speech upon receipt of the Letters of Credence from the five Ambassadors designate at separate intervals, stated that, it was with pleasure he accepted the letters of credence and welcomed them as Ambassadors of their respective countries to Republic of Sierra Leone.

President Koroma described the relations between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the five countries as fruitful cooperation and very close; noting that it has helped to lay a solid foundation for mutual cooperation and understanding. He called on the Ambassadors of the five countries as members of the United Nations, AU, ECOWAS, OIC, etc. to strive to enhance the work of these organisations, which play a major role not only in promoting the progress of the African continent, but also in the furtherance of International peace and security. He further requested the Envoys to promote and advance Africa’s common position as articulated in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration, which seek to ensure the reconfiguration/reform of the UN Security Council. ‘We are encouraged by your Governments’ desires to further enhance bilateral relations with Sierra Leone in agriculture, mining, education, technical cooperation and industry, which have been identified as major priorities in my second term in office’, Presided Koroma concluded.

Mrs. Anna Semou Faye of the Republic of Senegal

Mr. Driss Isbayene of the Kingdom of Morocco

Mr. Mohamed Salam Alrashdi of the United Arab Emirates

Mr. Mansyur Pangeran of the Republic of Indonesia

 

President Receives Report from Ministry of Political Affairs

Liberian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Hon. Julia M. Duncan Cassell on Tuesday January 17 paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown.

Chad Solicits Sierra Leone’s Support

Minister of Infrastructural Development and Transport of the Republic of Chad, Adoum Younousmi, has solicited Sierra Leone’s support for Chad’s candidacy for Chairperson of the African Union Commission.