Sierra Leone awakens diplomatic tie with Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea’s Chief of Protocol Mr. Marcus Ndong Edu Ndena has said the move by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Henry O. Macauley to present his Letters of Credence to the Government of Equatorial Guinea has not only re-awakened the bilateral tie between the two countries, but has also been seen as a move in the right direction; especially now, when interstate cooperation between African states is needed. (Photo: Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Designate to Equatorial Guinea HE Henry O Macauley presenting copies of his Letters of Credence to Equatorial Guinea’s Chief of Protocol Mr. Marcus Ndong Edu Ndena)
Speaking after the receipt of copies of a Letter of Recall of his predecessor and the Letters of Credence from H.E Henry O. Macauley, the Chief of Protocol, Mr. Marcus Ndong Edu Ndena, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation–Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, welcomed H.E Henry O Macauley, and reminisced the bilateral ties of the two countries stretching back to decades.
He also made reference to pending bilateral issues originating from the part of President Ernest Bai Koroma that are yet to be handled, and assured H.E Macauley that, with the awakening of the diplomatic tie through the presentation of a Letter of Recall of his predecessor and the presentation of his Letters of Credence, those issues can now be dealt with through the normal diplomatic channel for a comprehensive study and betterment of the two nations.
The Equatorial Guinean Chief of Protocol stressed the need for cooperation between African States to enable us Africans speedily deal with issues relating to development arrangements.
Responding, H.E. Henry O. Macauley thanked the Chief of Protocol for courtesies accorded him and his delegation and extended President Ernest Bai Koroma’s warm greetings to the President, Government and People of Equatorial Guinea and further congratulated him for President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s hosting of the African Union next year.
H.E. Macauley said it is the wish and instruction of President Ernest Bai Koroma for him (H.E. Henry O. Macauley) to formalize his relationship with Equatorial Guinea as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
According to Head of Chancery James T. A Sawi, A Letter of Recall is a letter sent from one Head of State to another Head of State recalling an Ambassador.
He also described Letters of Credence as an official document conveying the testimonial of a diplomatic envoy to a foreign government.
Letters of Credence is also a formal letter usually sent by one Head of State to another Head of State that formally grants diplomatic accreditation to a named individual to be their Ambassador in the Country of the Head of State receiving the letter.
The Head of Chancery said it is a procedure for Ambassadors to first present the Letters of Recall of their predecessors, before presenting their own Letters of Credence.
Other members of the delegation included Head of Chancery James T. A Sawi, and Information Attaché Pasco Gerald Temple.
Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, BATA, Equatorial Guinea
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