President Koroma’s Envoy Presents Credentials to Saudi King

By Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and thirty five other Ambassadors accredited to the Kingdom over the weekend presented their Letters of Credence to the Saudi King in a colourful ceremony at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, the Kingdom’s second largest city.

A Saudi Royal Protocol Officer chatting with Amb. Kargbo at the King's Palace

The Ambassadors were driven in a royal convoy from the Jeddah Conference Palace to the King’s Palace, where they were also honoured with an official Guard of Honour. A military band also played the Saudi national anthem and those of other countries.

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al- Saud who is also the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received the credentials of Ambassador Alhaji Mohamed Sillah Kargbo of Sierra Leone, the Ambassador of the United States of America, Dr. Joseph Westphal; Ambassador of the United Kingdom, John Jenkins; Ambassador of the Kingdom of Holland, Johanssen Westhof; Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, Jose Enri Rodriguez; Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden, Juaquim Berth Bilanbia; Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Jin Suu Kin; Ambassador of the Republic of Urugway, Carlos Mura; Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal, Bab Uthman Sie; Ambassador of the Republic of Libya, Abdulbassit Abdulqadir Al-Badri; Ambassador of the Republic of Palestine, Bassim Abdulla Yusuf Al-Agha; Ambassador of the Republic of the State of Jamaica, Mr. Odly Roder Egios; Ambassador of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haris Herly; Ambassador of the Republic of Brazil, Flavio Marigha; Ambassador of Mongolia, Enhabat Sod Nom; Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Boris Rogha; Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hussein Sadegi, among others.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the British Ambassador John Jenkins, expressed honour to meet the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and thanked him for giving them the opportunity, out of his busy schedule, to meet and present their diplomatic credentials.

He thanked the King, his Government and the authorities concerned for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to them since their arrival in the Kingdom, wishing the Monarch and his People steady success and prosperity.

He also extended the greetings of their Kings, Heads of State and Leaders to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. He said that they are lucky to be envoys of their countries to Saudi Arabia, which he said is enjoying the grace of security, peace and stability.  In accepting their credentials, the King welcomed the new Ambassadors and wished them a happy and successful stay in the Kingdom.

The Saudi Monarch assured them that they will be accorded hospitality and cooperation by the Government and People of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for them to easily perform their missions. He wished them success and sent his greetings to the leaders of their respective countries, referring to themas his brothers and friends.  King Abdallah also sent a strong message to world leaders through the Ambassadors, saying that terrorism which has no borders could spread to any other country, if the International Community fails to take strong and speedy action to exterminate it. The King’s message came after the Islamic State Group seized a wide territory across neighbouring Iraq and Syria in the last few days.

The King therefore, asked the envoys to literally convey to their leaders a message on the evil of terrorism which, he said, must be fought with concerted efforts and speed; as terrorism is the common enemy of development in any country.

Local media recently reported the donation of $100 million by the Kingdom to the International Counter-terrorism Center at the United Nations as part of its efforts to fight terror. Saudi Arabia had also stressed the need to combat terrorism quickly and using all available resources.

It would be recalled that Ambassador Kargbo arrived in the Kingdom on Saturday, 29th March, 2014 and had presented a working copy of his credentials to the Deputy Foreign Minister Foreign Minister, His Royal Highness, Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 7th April, 2014 as protocols demand.

The presentation of credentials was attended by the Saudi Foreign Minister, His Royal Highness, Prince Saud al-Faisal Al Saud, other senior Government ministers and a number top Government officials.

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