Liberia & United States Ambassadors Bid Farewell to Foreign Affairs Minister

The Sierra Leone Ambassadors to Liberia and United States of America on Thursday 24th January, 2019 bid farewell to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill Office in Freetown. Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia accredited to Ivory Coast Mr. Eddie Sidike Massalay in his brief statement expressed hope for success in the execution of his duties. “I will work hard to improve on trade between the two countries in line with my mandate” Ambassador Massalay added.

Mr. Sidike Abu Bakar Wai, Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States of America accredited to Canada, Brazil, and Jamaica among others thanked President Julius Maada Bio for given him the opportunity to serve the country. He assured the Minister of working hard to mobilize resources that will boost the economy, and live up to the expectation of President Bio’s agenda on trade. He later presented the World Map showing the border between Sierra Leone and Guinea to Dr Kabba.

Minister Kabba told Ambassador Massalay that Liberia relationship with Sierra Leone is a cornerstone to deepen reintegration in both countries. He called on the Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia to serve as a bridge that will promote trade in both countries. He encouraged Mr. Massalay to promote the core priorities of the New Direction to the Government of Liberia, and to Sierra Leoneans resident in Liberia.

The eloquent Foreign Affairs Minister called on Ambassador Wai to expand on opportunities in the United States that will be beneficial to Sierra Leone. “Attract private sector investors to come to Sierra Leone and invest” Dr Kabba stated. He urged the Ambassador to engage State Department Officials for support to Sierra Leone as Coordinator of the Africa Union Committee of Ten on the reform of the United Nations Security Council for two permanent seats for Africa. The Minister emphasized to the Ambassador that his work goes beyond just Sierra Leone interest but Africa interest for the Security Council reform. “Please ensure that you work with the Sierra Leone Mission in the United Nations, and educate staff of the Embassy on the priorities of New Direction in order to move President Bio’s agenda forward as a nation” he concluded.

Similarly, the Sierra Leone Honorary Consul to Mauritania Mr. Mahfoud Ould Jiyed today visited Minister Kabba at his Tower Hill office to update Dr Kabba on activities back home. He told Dr Kabba that there are presently one thousand Sierra Leoneans living in Mauritania. He informed the Minister on plans to bring investors to Sierra Leone to contribute to trade. He pledge his commitment to promote Sierra Leone interest beyond Mauritania.

Minister Kabba extended appreciation to the Honorary Consul for the hospitality accorded President Bio and delegation during the president’s visit sometime in 2018. He encouraged Mr. Jiyed to open door of opportunities in trade, investment and cooperation to Sierra Leone.