- Foreign Minister
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 By Samuel Ben Turay
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has said that despite the country being in the middle of the worst Ebola outbreak in the world, relationship between China and Sierra Leone remains unaffected.
Dr. Samura Kamara was speaking Tuesday at the new Foreign Affairs building at Tower Hill in Freetown during a farewell ceremony for 30 Sierra Leonean students who departed yesterday (3 September) to pursue further studies in China.
Dr. Kamara noted that China remains to be a true friend of Sierra Leone even in the last three months when government has been busy with the task of fighting the Ebola outbreak.
He said the disease came at a time when the Ernest Bai Koroma-led administration was on the verge of implementing the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’.
Also speaking at the farewell ceremony for the departing students, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, urged the students to be studios and return with laurels, and thanked the Chinese government for their immense support to the country.
In his statement, Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Zhao Yanbo, assured that despite the Ebola outbreak, China will stand by Sierra Leone because both countries share a similar history.
He encouraged the students to make use of the scholarship opportunity, noting that “Chinese is so populated in a way that you can see many things every day”.
“You are the hope of the two countries and you must also ensure that the two countries benefit from you,” Ambassador Yanbo encouraged the students.