During Jubilee Celebrations – Kuwait promises to support Sierra Leone
The Embassy of Sierra Leone in the Gulf State of Kuwait on 27th April, 2011 hosted a well attended diplomatic reception marking its country’s Golden Jubilee at the prestigious Crown Plaza Hotel in Kuwait city. (Photo: Ambassador Ibrahim Bakarr Kamara delivering his Keynote address at a reception hosted at the Crown Plaza Hotel)
In his speech, Ambassador Ibrahim Bakarr Kamara conveyed affectionate greetings from His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone to the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheik Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the government, and its people.
The Ambassador paid a glowing tribute to the founding fathers and mothers of Sierra Leone and all those who fought for the country’s sovereignty from British rule leading to independence on 27th April, 1961.
He expressed appreciation on behalf of his government to the government and people of Kuwait for taking part in their historic celebrations.
“This is a great manifestation of the strength of our partnership and commitment to cherish values of freedom, independence, peace and international co-operation,” he said in his address.
The envoy recalled the role played by Sierra Leone during the war of Liberation of Kuwait in 1991. He also expressed profound thanks and appreciation to Kuwaiti leaders – His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, the Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al- Jaber Al Sabah and the Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Ahmed Al Mohamed Al Sabah for their efforts and support in fostering and bolstering the bond of friendship existing between the two countries.
Speaking on the theme “50 Years forward, celebrating a new Sierra Leone,” Ambassador Kamara gave retrospective and introspective analysis of the successes his country has made in recent times.
He informed them about President Koroma’s “Agenda for Change” and some of the recent developments taking place in the country ranging from infrastructural developments, electricity, press freedom to free health care delivery for children under five, pregnant women, lactating mothers, etc.
“We are revitalizing our private sector as our engine of growth. We are attracting investment in many sectors of our economy and fighting corruption and drug trafficking,” the Ambassador reiterated to his audience.
He used the opportunity to inform his audience that Sierra Leone is no more a war-torn country, but a country enjoying peace and tranquillity with a democratically elected president.
The Ambassador revealed to his audience some of the unique qualities Sierra Leone enjoys as a nation – religious and political tolerance, peace and security, freedom, justice and inter ethnic harmony, among others.
He called on Kuwaiti nationals and other friendly countries for partnership in the expanding opportunities in oil, iron ore, tourism, bauxite, gold, diamond, agriculture and infrastructural development.
In his concluding statement, he thanked the International Community and all those who stood by the country at the critical moments of its history and assured that Sierra Leone will continue along the path of peace, democracy and development and that she will deliver on her international commitments, urging all his nationals to be proud of the “Land that we love our Sierra Leone. The only Sierra Leone in the World.”
Representing the Emir of the State of Kuwait at the celebration, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Khaleed Al-Jaralaah expressed happiness for taking part in the historic celebration, adding that, the occasion’s importance was not only to Sierra Leone, but Kuwait as well.
The Deputy Minister stated that relations between Sierra Leone and Kuwait have been and still are, very cordial, adding that, Kuwait will continue to support the developmental strides of Sierra Leone. He added that the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development will continue to contribute to Sierra Leone’s infrastructural development.
Minister Khaleed further expressed on behalf of the Government and people of Kuwait happiness for the opening of the Sierra Leone embassy in Kuwait and assured that the State of Kuwait will soon open its embassy in Freetown.
The cutting of the Anniversary Cake by the Ambassador and the Deputy Minister climaxed the occasion.
Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone Embassy, Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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