Eddie Turay moves to Norway
Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom this afternoon met officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway, where he paid a courtesy call and presented working copies ahead of his presentation of Letter of Credence to the King of Norway. (High Commissioner presenting working copies of his credentials to Helle Klem)
His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay first met with the Deputy Director General of the Ministry Helle Klem who warm welcomed the Sierra Leonean delegation.
Klem thanked the High Commissioner for the visit which she described as `courtesy and practical` before handing over receipt of receiving the credential letter to him.
She extended a warm invitation to the High Commissioner to visit Norway next year when the country will be celebrating her National Day on the 16th and 17th May.
The High Commissioner expressed gratitude to Norway for their continued support to Sierra Leone during the meeting which was also attended by the Assistant Director General of the Ministry Baste Knutsen.
The High Commissioner later paid courtesy call to the Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Atle Leikvoll – a meeting that was very fruitful and productive.
During the meeting, both men shared experiences about their respective countries – and again, the High Commissioner expressed his country’s appreciation to Norway for supporting Sierra Leone during those badly needed times.
He called for further collaboration and cooperation between the two countries, adding that his country is fastly growing in terms of reconstruction and development.
“We are moving as a nation as the days of war are far over now – this is why I have come to renew and strengthen our diplomatic ties with you,” the High Commissioner said.
He said Sierra Leone was recently classified by the United Nations as the safest and most conducive country to invest in.
The High Commissioner also reported that his President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma received an award in South Africa for his democratic initiatives and his strides towards the sustainability of peace and stability in the country.
HE Turay outlined some of government’s achievement under President Koroma within just three years in office, saying “we have a greater prospect as a nation.”
“We are beginning to put all the damaged structures in place now after the rebel war more than a decade ago – now, there is massive reconstruction going on and almost every aspect of development is moving smoothly with electricity running almost 24 hours a day in a country once regarded as the `darkest city in the world.`
The High Commissioner was accompanied by Counsellor Josephine Marah and Information Attaché Sorie Sudan Sesay.
The delegation returns to base in London on Friday this week.
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Oslo, Norway
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