By Alhaji M.B Jalloh, Information Attaché:
Sierra Leone’s Vice President Alhaji Sam Sumana has described the two- day extraordinary Islamic Solidarity Summit initiated by the Saudi King as “very successful”, saying it was a sincere gesture from a sincere leader. He described the Saudi King as a man of political sightedness, sagacity, vision and also paid tribute to the Saudi monarch for his awareness of the challenges and upheavals that are facing the Islamic world and his enthusiasm to unite Muslims.
Speaking from the Al-Safa Palace where the summit was held, the soft-spoken VP said that although the summit took place amidst critical circumstances, however it has been witnessed by many Islamic nations. He said Saudi Arabia is a very serious country in the Islamic world due to its religious status that made it possible to host a very significant summit, which comes in line with its expected role and leverage in the region, expressing appreciation of Sierra Leone’s contribution to the summit.
When asked about some of the main issues discussed in the two-day Summit, VP Sumana explained that, a number of relevant and diverse issues were discussed, which included among other things; the Syrian crisis, Palestine cause, the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the Afghanistan imbroglio, political instability in the West African state of Mali, and other important issues that are major concerns to Global Peace. The country’s second gentleman opined that the Saudi Arabia Summit will serve as a platform and afford the opportunity for boosting solidarity, conciliation and will help to unify the Muslim ranks, and further praised the initiative put forward by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to establish a center for dialogue among Muslim sects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Vice President was among very prominent world leaders in the summit, including, Turkey’s Abdullah Gul, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Malaysia’s Najib Razak, Jordan’s King Abdallah, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahemdinejad, Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt’s Muhammad Mursi, Sudan’s Omar Bashir, Senegalese Macky Sall, Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai, Tunisia’s Moncef Al-Marzouki, Pakistan’s Asif Ali Zardari, Bangladesh’s Mohammad Zillur Rahman to name a few. Representatives of the Fifty Seven (57) Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) excluding Syria, which is on suspension, were present.
The VP represented message from His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma and on behalf of other members of his delegation in the persons of Alhaji Sulaiman Dauda Kamara, Deputy Minister 1 in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Algassimu Jah and the National President of the Council of Imams in Sierra Leone, Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara. The VP and his team left the shores of Saudi Arabia yesterday and expected to arrive in Freetown tomorrow.