The Government of the People’s Republic of China donated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation a consignment of vehicle including cars, jeeps, buses and motor bikes. The presentation was made at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation forecourt, Tower Hill, Freetown, on the 23rd of December, 2019.
Handing over the vehicles to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Nabeela Farida Tunis and team, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Mr. Hu Zhangliang, said that His Excellency Xi Jiping was highly appreciative of the strength of the bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and China, citing the importance of the commitment demonstrated by His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio to the friendship of the two countries.
His Excellency Zhangliang informed that the vehicles were provided in response to the request made to the Chinese Government by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
In her response, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Nabeela Farida Tunis, on behalf of the President, Government and People of the Republic of Sierra Leone expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China for such great assistance and gesture of good will extended to her Ministry. She said the donation was a true demonstration of the high level of friendship between the two countries.
Outlining the specifications, the Minister said she received cars, VIP Buses, VIP vehicles, motor bikes, ambulance and Hongqi jeeps. The Minister assured the Ambassador that the vehicles would be utilized for the intended purpose announcing that His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has given specific instructions regarding the use of the vehicles and that as a Ministry, they have taken the required steps to preserve the beauty and functionalities of the fleet. She thanked His Excellency Xi Jiping for the gift.
In her conclusion, the Minister stated that Sierra Leone and the People’s Republic of China have enjoyed an enviable relationship for the past years, a relationship she described as a very strong brotherhood which has been expressed in many ways.
(MFAIC Press Office Freetown)