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.