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Salone envoy presents credentials to UAE leaders

- makes case for Sierra Leone

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 By M.B. Jalloh in Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone’s first resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates with accreditation to other Gulf countries, H.E. Siray Alpha Timbo, has presented his Letters of Credence to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoumn, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai.

The ceremony took place at the Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi on 5th November. Nine new ambassadors from the UK, Brazil and Australia amongst others, presented their credentials to the Vice President.

Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Timbo conveyed warm greetings and felicitations from His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government and People of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the President, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the UAE, His Highness Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President, the Government and People of the UAE.

He thanked the Vice President, his government and the people of the UAE for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded him and his team since their arrival in the Emirates less than four months ago, wishing the Vice President and his people steady success and prosperity.

On his appointment by President Koroma, Ambassador Timbo said that it was a demonstration of the importance Sierra Leone attaches to the already existing cordial ties between the two countries, and promised to serve diligently in the interest of both countries.

The envoy also promised to further nurture, concretize, consolidate and enhance the already existing diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries based on economic, political and cultural cooperation.

“Our cooperation in having your great country to host the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Headquarters in Abu Dhabi and the EXPO 2020 in Dubai is a clear testimony of the goodwill existing between the two countries,” he said and commended the UAE for its rapid economic development, peace, stability and security and also hailed the “prudent policy” adopted under the leadership of President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Ambassador Timbo used the opportunity to inform the host government through the Vice President about the Ebola outbreak in his country. “Your Highness, you may have been following events in my country during the last few months. Our nation is battling with the emergency outbreak of the Ebola virus disease,” the ambassador said.

He also disclosed that the Sierra Leone government, in collaboration with its international development partners, rolled out a six-month plan to eradicate the scourge. “We count on good friends like Your Highness and the United Arab Emirates government to help us through this trying period of our history,” he said.

Ambassador Timbo said his success during his tour of duty depended largely on the support and commitment of the UAE government.  “Your country is famous for efficiency, altruism, hard work and strong belief in the Almighty Allah. With all that, I am optimistic and feel at home in the United Arab Emirates,” Ambassador Timbo concluded.

In accepting Ambassador Timbo’s credentials and the other newly accredited ambassadors, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Rashid bin Maktoum formally welcomed them to the UAE and assured them of his country’s cooperation and support to make their tenure of office a success. He wished them a happy and successful stay in the UAE and asked them to convey his greetings to the leaders of their respective countries.

The Vice President assured them that they will be accorded hospitality and cooperation by the government and people of the UAE, for them to easily perform their missions. He said that the UAE, as part of the global village and as a signatory to the UN charter, will respect all the diplomatic protocols and encouraged the ambassadors to make all the necessary visits to the whole of the country and acquaint themselves with the UAE policies, culture and vision.

He also stressed his country’s constant endeavour to develop economic, cultural and tourism relations with Sierra Leone and the other countries.

Earlier, Ambassador Timbo inspected an official guard of honour. A military band also played the Sierra Leone national anthem and those of other countries. The ambassador was accompanied by his wife, Haja Martha Timbo and the Head of Chancery, Eric B. Gamanga.

A number of sheikhs, ministers and senior state officials in the UAE also attended the ceremony.