Liberian Ambassador Bids Farewell

The outgoing Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone His Excellency Mr Jarjar Kamara Wednesday, 3rd May 2017, bid farewell to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone at the end of his 1 year 8 months tenure.

He congratulated Sierra Leone on her 56th Independence anniversary and praised President Koroma’s dynamic leadership in transforming the country. Ambassador Kamara stated that Liberia and Sierra Leone are one and the same with similar ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds adding, that his tenure as ambassador has helped to increase sound bilateral relationship between the two countries. He recounted the excellent relationship he has had over the last two years particularly with Vice President Dr Victor Bockarie Foh. He also said he has been making frantic efforts to revamp the exchange program that existed between the two countries, while expressing hope for a peaceful 2018 general elections.

President Koroma said Liberia and Sierra Leone are sister states with a common history and culture. He noted that the two nations have succeeded in building the Mano River Union (MRU) to a point of having four member nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Cote D’voire. The Head of state acknowledged the excellent leadership of MRU Chairperson, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in handling issues of regional concern like the Gambian political impasse following President Jammeh’s defeat in the 2016 December ballot.

He pointed out that the tenure of Ambassador Jarjar Kamara contributed immensely in strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations and wished him the best in his next assignment.

France – Sierra Leone to strengthen relations

The French Ambassador to Sierra Leone resident in Conakry, Guinea, Jean-Marc Grosgurin, last Thursday 1st June expressed firm commitment to further consolidate bilateral relations with Sierra Leone.
He made the declaration during a courtesy visit to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown. Ambassador Jean-Marc Grosgurin disclosed that he was in the country to explore avenues to enhance cooperation following his second visit to Sierra Leone preceded by meetings with a number of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to identify their areas of interventions.
He informed President Koroma about the proposed joint naval exercise by the French, Sierra Leone and Guinean navies in Conakry where each country will be represented by forty personnel. Ambassador Grosgurin said they are looking at possibilities for the opening of more French companies and businesses in Sierra Leone and that French companies need to diversify their interventions and attract more investment to Sierra Leone.

On diplomatic ties and the consolidation of bilateral relations, the ambassador reported that the French government wholeheartedly welcomed the re-opening of Sierra Leone’s Embassy in Paris, underscoring the significance of strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

President Koroma recalled the fantastic relations between the two countries since independence with ambassadors in both countries. He vividly reflected on the involvement of French experts in the commencement of water projects in the country.

The Head of State informed Ambassador Grosgurin about the warm hospitality tourists were receiving when the country’s tourism was at its peak, adding that Mammy Yoko was run by the French. He therefore welcomed interventions in tourism and diplomacy.
The president also gave a nod to the proposed joint military exercise as security issues were no longer limited to a single state. He stressed the need for cultural exchange between the two countries, saying that government was committed towards making the business environment friendly. He congratulated President Emmanuel Macron on his recent elections victory.

Five new ambassadors present credentials

Five new ambassadors from The Gambia, European Union (EU), Nigeria, United States of America and Liberia presented their letters of credence to His Excellency President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House today, Thursday 5thOctober 2017, to mark the beginning of their diplomatic mission in Sierra Leone.

The President indicated Sierra Leone’s determination to continue to strengthen the economic, social and cultural cooperation with their respective countries. He also assured that Sierra Leone will do everything possible to maintain and deepen the values of participatory democracy, the rule of law and to promote peace, prosperity and security of other countries.

President Koroma also expressed profound appreciation for the timely response of these countries as well as the European Union to the August 14 landslides and flooding. Their messages of condolences and the financial and medical support provided during such trying times, the president said, reinforced their commitment, as longstanding partners in the building of a better Sierra Leone.

President Koroma also expressed profound appreciation for the timely response of these countries as well as the European Union to the August 14 landslides and flooding. Their messages of condolences and the financial and medical support provided during such trying times, the president said, reinforced their commitment, as longstanding partners in the building of a better Sierra brewerVirtually expressing similar sentiments in succession, the ambassadors assured of their commitment to increase and further strengthen the constructive relations which exist between Sierra Leone and their home countries.

In his presentation, the EU head of delegation Ambassador Tom VENS assured of EU’s commitment as a long-standing partner to overcome the challenges Sierra Leone is facing. “In a common effort with other partners, as EU we also stand ready to join you in reflections on how Sierra Leone can further develop robust disaster prevention strategies and mitigate risks,” he said.

On her part, the new US Ambassador Maria Elena Brewer expressed similar sentiments, saying that the US will work closely with other international partners to steadfastly support the country as relief attempts transition to what she referred to as “more permanent efforts to assist those displaced from this horrendous event”. She further assured of the United States’ willingness and determination to continue to support efforts at promoting democracy while increasing economic growth and investment, and through their assistance programs, continue to strengthen local governance, public health, agricultural development, responsible mining, food security and education.

High Commissioner of Nigeria Dr Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada commended the giant strides being taken by Sierra Leone under the dynamic leadership of President Koroma, adding that Sierra Leone has witnessed rapid socio-economic and political transformation which has translated into commendable massive infrastructural development. He promised to take Nigeria/Sierra Leone relations to higher heights for the benefit of the peoples of both countries.High Commissioner of The Gambia Ambassador Ingram Reginald Olufemi Peters said that the recent political crisis which hit his country and the role of ECOWAS (of which the two countries are members) as well as the personal role played by President Koroma in resolving the impasse is a living example of symbiotic relationship that has continued to flourish between the two sister countries.

Liberian Ambassador Mrs Musu Jatu Ruhle pledged to work tirelessly, in concert with officials of the Government of Sierra Leone, to further solidify the already excellent relations subsisting between the two countries and peoples. “The natural ties that bind our two peoples transcend the physical boundaries,” she stated. A quarter guard was mounted by a detachment of the 5th Battalion under the 3rdInfantry Brigade of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF).