November 25, 2016
While addressing dignitaries at a reception hosted to mark his assumption of office, newly accredited Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Ambassador Wu Peng has promised to build on the foundation laid by his predecessor by working with Sierra Leonean counterparts in carrying forward their cooperative partnership.
Ambassador Wu observed that Sierra Leone is a richly endowed country with diligent and intelligent people and a great potential for development.
“Under the strong leadership of H.E. President Koroma, the people of Sierra Leone have made concerted efforts to develop the economy and defeat Ebola, and have entered a new stage of economic and social reconstruction. We congratulate you on this and wish you greater achievement in national rejuvenation,” he said.
He noted that he was honoured to have been appointed the 15th Chinese Ambassador to this ‘beautiful’ country and that upon arrival he was deeply impressed by the hospitality and friendliness of the Sierra Leonean people.
“From time to time, people greet me with “你好” (Nihau-meaning hello in Chinese) instead of “hello” when I met with them. The friendship felt from Sierra Leonean people are also in line with the Sierra Leonean government. On the second day of my arrival, Hon. Minister Dr. Samura Kamara accepted the copy of my credential. A week later, I presented the letter of credence to H.E. President Koroma. I really appreciate the highly friendly arrangement of the Sierra Leonean government,” he expressed.
He paid tribute to people from various sectors who have long been committed to China-Sierra Leone friendship and cooperation, adding that the two countries believe in equality among countries irrespective of their size, wealth and or strength.
“We are not only important partners but also true friends. We have all along extended each other’s understanding and support, respected each other’s independence, and accommodated each other’s core interest and major concerns. Our cooperation has always been based on friendly consultation, rather than any side imposing its own will or attaching any political strings,” he said.
“We hope to keep working with the Sierra Leonean side to deepen friendship, strengthen mutual trust and expand cooperation as we implement the consensus reached between our leaders as well as the outcomes of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit,” he said.
He reiterated that he was honoured and privileged to represent his country as Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone at an important time when China was striving to realise the Chinese Dream, while Sierra Leonean people were endeavouring to achieve “Agenda for Prosperity”.
He expressed that: “In my new job here, I hope to contacting as many as possible, Sierra Leonean people and looking forward to meeting people both in and outside of the government – people from the parliament, from the local community and business community, the media, and so on. I hope that all of you would continue to support the Embassy and myself as you have generously done in the past.
He promised to do his best to serve the Chinese community, adding that: “You have made your contributions to the local community and to the relations between China and Sierra Leone. We are so proud of you and will be with you whenever you need us.”
Ambassador Wu Peng replaced Ambassador Zhao Yanbo.