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 KOROMA LAUNCHES FIRST EVER FOREIGN SERVICE MAGAZINE

His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has officially launched the maiden edition of the Leone Diplomat Magazine as well as the first ever Directory of Sierra Leone’s Foreign Missions and Consulates at a ceremony held at State House in Freetown during a Forum for Diplomatic and Consular Relations.

The aim of the Leone Diplomat Magazine, President Koroma stated, is to further strengthen collaboration and interactions with the global society.

In his address on the theme, ‘The President’s Foreign Policy Statement 2017’, President Koroma stated that his government remained committed to the country’s broad foreign policy ideals of promoting national interest, sub-regional, regional and inter-African cooperation and unity; and for the consolidation of international peace and security. ‘We support the settlement of international disputes by negotiation, conciliation, arbitration and adjudication’, President Koroma added.

President Koroma condemned acts of terrorism, radicalism, extremism, racism, ethnic, and religious persecution, and encouraged sustained international engagement for a just and peaceful resolution of issues within, between and among countries.

He appealed to members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps to muster their energies to actions that support inclusiveness, and also, the eradication of poverty in developing countries and in the world at large as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goals.

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura  M.W. Kamara explained that this annual leg of the collective interaction between His Excellency the President and Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls accredited to Sierra Leone provides an important and productive occasion to discuss the practical challenges and opportunities involved in their diplomatic and consular relations. ‘It is also a forum meant to facilitate the President’s closer interaction with the Diplomatic and Consular Corps’, he added.

Under President Koroma’s leadership and guidance, the Minister disclosed, Sierra Leone is transforming and refining the country’s international relations noting that the country is now pursuing a more focused, rigorous, result-oriented and pro-active approach to diplomatic and consular relations aimed at facilitating mutually beneficial political and economic partnerships.

The Dean of Diplomatic Corps, H.E Lotfullah Balikiari, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on behalf of his colleagues, maintained that the annual Presidential Forum for members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps serves as an encouragement, renewal of energies, and increase motivation that leaves its inspirational influence on members of the Diplomatic Community to double their continued committed efforts.

He thanked President Koroma for what he described as his silent and creative innovation that continues to manifest his wisdom, focus and good intent, which has attracted with pleasure all members of the Diplomatic Community in Sierra Leone.

It could be recalled that this is the second annual Presidential Segment of the Forum on Diplomatic and Consular Relations since its inception in 2014.

The call to order and welcome statement was delivered by the Director General and Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Khadijatu Bassir. Also present at the ceremony were Ministers of Government, Senior Government officials, and Senior Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

 

13th July 2017.

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