June 6, 2018
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, Tuesday (5th June) assured members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, UN agencies and other multilateral organisations represented in Sierra Leone of better cooperation under the New Direction.
The familiarisation meeting that was held in the ministry’s conference hall attracted over forty representatives of various resident embassies, consulates and international organisations in Sierra Leone.
In his opening statement, Dr. Alie Kabba, on behalf of President Julius Maada Bio and the people of Sierra Leone, thanked members of the diplomatic community for their interest in Sierra Leone.
He underscored that whilst systematically looking at their respective in-country programmes, his ministry would pay close attention to all sectors, ranging from development, health related issues and economic related matters to peace and security; education, women’s issues and that of children, to people with disabilities.
On other cross-cutting issues, including human rights, the SDGs and global health issues like HIV/AIDs, Dr. Kabba stated that his ministry would take a critical look at them whilst issues like corruption, migration, human trafficking and terrorism will be treated at the highest level.
The Foreign Minister called on members of the Diplomatic community, Consular Corps and other international agencies to stay on course and follow the principles of the conventions that create the atmosphere that has kept them so well organised together.
“I do hope you will all engage me constructively and let us all be rest assured it will be towards the common goal which is the people of this country comes first”, he said.
Responding on behalf of Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Wolfgang Wiethoff assured the minister of their cooperation always, noting the significant role the diplomatic community has played in enhancing bilateral and technical cooperation between Sierra Leone and the various countries represented.
Dr. Adonis Aboud, on behalf of members of the consular corps, assured the minister of their fullest support in achieving the objects of their new vision – the New Direction.