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Ambassador Bassir Expresses Appreciation to Senegal’s Prime Minister

Ambassador Bassir Expresses Appreciation to Senegal’s Prime Minister

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Senegal H E Ambassador Khadijatu Bassir over the weekend in a continuous show of diplomatic ties between the two countries presented the Prime Minister of Senegal Abdoul Mbaye with portraits (in photo) , frame and photo albums taken of him, his delegation and President Ernest Bai Koroma during his recent official visit to Sierra Leone to represent President Macky Sall in the 2013 inauguration ceremony of President Kororma.

The occasion took place at the grand office of the Prime Minister in Dakar and was well attended by top government officials and staff of the Sierra Leone Embassy.

Prime Minister displaying frame

Prime Minister displaying frame

Ambassador Bassir on behalf of President Koroma, the people of Sierra Leone and on her own personal behalf first thanked the Prime Minister and his delegation for representing President Macky Sall in the last inauguration ceremony, saying that it no doubt portrays the strong diplomatic relationship both countries enjoy. “Mr. Prime Minister I ask that you become an Ambassador of my country,” she said.

Ambassador Bassir, expressed regret that the presentation was expected to have been done much earlier but that the confirmation of appointments were most times rescheduled due to the Prime Minister’s busy schedules and overseas travels.

Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye expressed how much happy he was to have received the photo frames and album from the government and people of Sierra Leone, describing it as a “National Treasure”. He thanked the Sierra Leonean people for the warm reception accorded him and his delegation. “That was  my ever first visit to a sister African country not far from Senegal and I tell you Madam Ambassador, my delegation and I bring back good memories of that your beautiful country” he said.

According to Prime Minister Mbaye, the inauguration ceremony was colorful, warm and thrilling and it did show and demonstrated the fact that President Koroma was loved and unanimously elected by the people. “I felt the emotion of the people and the President during the whole ceremony. It was a ‘Moving African experience’ next to none” he said.

Senegal’s Press interviewing Ambassador Bassir

Senegal’s Press interviewing Ambassador Bassir

Ambassador Bassir informed the Prime Minister that her Government is anxious to make Senegal an HUB to reach out to other Francophone countries. “Prime Minister Sir, your government has so far done very well to accommodate my Embassy here but I want to make a request that your government provide us with a parcel of land to build our own residence and Chancery” she pleaded.

“My government will also like your government to equally open up your Embassy or at –lease  have an officially recognized Consul in Sierra Leone, as you might have already known there are many Senegalese in Sierra Leone engage in diver businesses”  She requested.

Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye replied that the importance of the requests were all  relevant to both governments and assured that they will be discussed with the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and that soonest the necessary appropriate action will be taken.

Accompany the Ambassador was the Head of Chancery Sahr Johnny.

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