Tourism Minister says conflict can be eliminated by respect for culture & tradition
January 30, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Minister for tourism and cultural affairs has stated that many conflicts around the world could be reduced or eliminated by respecting the culture and tradition of various countries.
Sidi Yayah Tunis was speaking on Sunday, January 28, at an event to mark the 69th Republic Day of India at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown.
The event brought together members of the diplomatic community in the country and other dignitaries, who were treated to lovely Indian dance by Moumala Nyayak Group and Sierra Leonean cultural performances.
In his short statement, Tunis said tradition and culture could help bring people together to achieve great things, while at the same time attract people to visit Sierra Leone.
According to him, Sierra Leone and India have enjoyed significant bilateral trade for many years, while both countries accord mutual respect for each other’s culture and tradition.
He said the two countries have enjoyed close relationship through trade and commerce, medicine, culture and tradition, among others.
“Sierra Leone can boast of about sixteen tribes with their own culture and tradition. We have been able to live side-by-side with the respect of each tribe’s culture and tradition,” he said.
He congratulated the government and people of India for celebrating their 69th Republic Day and expressed his delight to be a part of the event in a relax manner.
He noted that he was happy that in celebrating the day, India was able to showcase how countries could work closer together through culture and tradition.
India High Commissioner to Sierra Leone and Ghana, Birender Singh Yadav, stated that the country has benefited a lot since independence, 70 years ago, and that they have been an exporter of good governance.
“We have enjoyed a tremendous journey since independence. We are delivering equality and justice to all our citizens. We also believe that peaceful co-existence can be achieved through cultural and traditional values,” he said.
India Honorary Consul-General in Sierra Leone, Kanhaya H. Azad, spoke about bilateral relationship between the two countries and explained how it has improved over the years, especially in the areas of trade and commerce.