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Iranian Envoy Visits VP Sam Sumana in Sierra Leone
By Bampia J. Bundu
Oct 27, 2008, 17:35
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An Iranian visiting delegation led by the Special Envoy of the Iranian President and Director General in charge of West and North Africa in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Mr. Hamid Bayat on Friday 24th October 2008 paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, Hon. Chief Samuel Sam Sumana at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.


The visit was aimed at reaffirming the bilateral relationship between the two countries and to discuss matters of mutual benefits.


The Delegation’s Leader, Mr. Hamid Bayat thanked the government and people of Sierra Leone for what he described as “total support to Iran at international level.”


“The Iranian foreign policy now places premium on its bilateral and multilateral relations with African countries,” he disclosed, and expressed appreciation for the Africa Union’s recognition of Iran as a development partner.


Mr. Bayat registered Iran’s continued support towards Sierra Leone’s development agenda and extended an invitation to President Ernest Bai Koroma to visit Tehran, while adding that the visit will mark a turning point in the bilateral relations between the two countries.


Mr. Bayat says in due course, Iranian companies will be established in Sierra Leone, while adding that they are impressed by the enabling environment prevailing in the business sector.


Responding, Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Iran for their immense support over the years especially in the areas of agriculture, health and technological development.


He acknowledged the rapid development taking place in Iran, while expressing hopes that such will be shared by a struggling nation like Sierra Leone that is in dire need of such development to better the lives of the citizenry. VP Samsumana He assured the envoy of President Koroma’s visit early next year, adding: “the visit would further strengthen the long bilateral relations between the two countries.”


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