South African High Commissioner Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

As part of South African commitment to extend intra Africa trade, and to strengthen ties with Sierra Leone; the South African High Commissioner resident in Ghana Ms. Lulu Xingwana has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

Her Excellency Ms. Xingwana dilated on the previous assistance South Africa gave to Sierra Leone during the Ebola Outbreak by working with the Cuban doctors on the fight against the disease. She added that her Government had been working with the past Government of Sierra Leone and they are more willing to work with this present government. She informed the Minister that her Government provided eight million Rand (8,000,000) to the Government of Sierra Leone during her visit whilst working with the World Food Programme, adding that the money was meant for food production in the country.  The South Africa High Commissioner pledged her Government’s commitment to continue rendering assistance to Sierra Leone. She informed Dr. Kabba about plan to embark on Human Integrity project by the Government of South Africa, furthering that the South Africa Government had written to the Government of Sierra Leone regarding the project though still waiting for respond from the Sierra Leone Government. Her Excellency Ms. Xingwana concluded by appealing to the Foreign Minister for Sierra Leone to produce a memorandum on Humanitarian Assistance to South Africa. She reechoed on the need to improve on the Joint Commission programme between Sierra Leone and South Africa, and the issue of Visa waiver for Sierra Leonean Diplomat working in South Africa.

Dr. Alie Kabba in his welcome statement, elucidated the significance of the visit of the South African High Commissioner to his Ministry, which is aimed at broadening and deepening the existing bilateral relations between the two countries. Dr.Kabba thanked and expressed his delight over the contributions given by the South African Government to the Government of Sierra Leone. He added that one of the priorities of the new government is diplomatic extension. Minister Kabba encouraged the High Commissioner on the need to open High Commissions in both countries. He also vowed to look into the Joint Commission report and the Human Integrity Programme. Dr. Kabba on behalf of His Excellency and the people of Sierra Leone expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the South African High Commissioner for the support and assistance given to the Republic of Sierra Leone over the years. The High Commissioner was accompanied by the Sierra Leone Honorary Consul to South Africa Aminata Kallay.        .