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In Sierra Leone, Egyptian Envoy Meets the Press
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Oct 21, 2010, 17:04

The Egyptian Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, Ambassador Mona Omar on 20th October 2010 addressed members of the fourth Estate at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.


In her statement, she described Sierra Leone as one of the beautiful countries on Earth as the country is blessed with natural views, the lands are fertile and the people very accommodating, peaceful and loving.


She said her purpose of visiting Sierra Leone is to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Egypt and Sierra Leone and to also congratulate the country for the lifting of the embargo on arms and ammunitions by UN Resolution 1940 recently. 

Egyptian Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, Ambassador Mona Omar


She however, revealed that the Egyptian embassy is one of the oldest embassies in Sierra Leone, established since independence, and that it has continued to operate in the country irrespective of the war. “Wet continued to operate during the war in the country in order to prove our relationship to Sierra Leone,” she noted.


She added that during the address of the president Ernest Bai Koroma in Parliament he planed to restructure the Ministry of Finance and International Relations in a professional manner. She continued by stating that they are going to send experts to help in the restructuring of the Ministry and to train and build the capacity of workers at the ministry. 


Ambassador Omar disclosed that there are several areas to invest in Sierra Leone as they are going to send a delegation of business men, investors to the country to look for possible areas of investment to create more opportunities for the country.


She added further that in order to strengthen the bilateral relationship they have invited President Ernest Bai Koroma to Cairo to sign an agreement together with the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). She concluded by stating that they are looking for a possible way to make the military of Sierra Leone and the military of Egypt cultivate farms that will help both countries.



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