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President Ernest Koroma’s visit a proof of Strong Bilateral US/S/Leone Tie

President Ernest Bai Koroma has said today in Washington D.C, that his official visit to the United States of America at the invitation of President Barack Obama is a proof of strong bilateral tie between the two democratic nations.

Speaking to a couple of hundreds of past peace – corps volunteers at the Peace Corps Headquarters on 1111 2oth St. NW, Washington D.C. President Ernest Bai Koroma said “My Presence here as President of Sierra Leone on the Invitation of President Barack Obama is a proof of the Strengthening of the alliance at the government to governmental level.

President Koroma said his government is very resolute in the development and implementation of policies that would help strengthen democracy and combat graft.

 

He said Sierra Leone is amongst the most religiously tolerant nations in the World, “and our desire for freedom is as strong as America’s.

“We believe that stronger bonds between our Countries would promote our shared values of liberty, Prosperity, Justice and Security for all.”

President Ernest Bai Koroma said true partnership will also require improved trading relations and decisive collective action to successfully battle the scourges of terrorism, environmental degradation and drug and human trafficking.

“We are proud to count on Peace Corps volunteers among our most prized partners in this quest.” Said President Koroma.

He proudly told the august body that Sierra Leone is no longer a Country of blood diamonds: it is a land of immense potential and boundless opportunities.”

He referred to his welcome speech to the Peace Corps soon after its resumption in 2007, and reiterated his call on the Peace Corps to be Ambassadors of the news about Sierra Leone.

He encouraged them to assist us in combating the negative stereotypes by sharing accounts and images of a resurgent Sierra Leone.

I implored them to mention our time – honored tradition of religious tolerance, as well as the re-known warmth of Sierra Leonean hospitality: the natural beauty of the Country and the Commitment of the people to eternal values of good neighborliness, peace and security for all.

He said Peace Corps have always been great ambassadors of Sierra Leone.

As we look towards the future, I am confident that these committed Americans will continue to play a critical role as we write the next chapter in Sierra Leone’s history.

President Ernest Bai Koroma registered his “heartfelt appreciation to the American people for playing host to thousands of Sierra Leoneans in the United States of America.” Adding, our country owes its resilience to the abiding hope of providing a heaven for freedom –loving people.

Also in attendance were Senior Government officials including Chief of Staff in the office of the President Dr. Richard Conteh, Special Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Presidential Adviser Ambassador Dauda Kamara. Also in attendance were Ministers of Sierra Leone Government including Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Dr. Matthew Samura Kamara, Finance Minister Dr. Kaifala Marah, Information Minister Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Health and Sanitation Minister Hon. Miata Kargbo, Deputy Director of America Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation Mr. Sheku Mesali, Millennium Challenge Corporation Coordinator Mr. Mahmoud Idriss, Ambassador Bockari K. Stevens, Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador I. S. Conteh, Counselor and Head of Chancery Mrs. Aisha Isatu Sillah and Ambassador Plenipotentiary Reverend Wilfred Kabbs Kanu.

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