FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE – The government and people of the Republic of South Africa have today (Monday) 17th October, 2011 expressed determination to further strengthen the existing diplomatic relations with Sierra Leone. Disclosing this in Freetown, Special Envoy Jeff Radebe said President Jacob Zuma is very desirous to continue mutual cooperation with the people and government of Sierra Leone, in order to upgrade the living standards of citizens of both countries. Towards this end, the Envoy noted the closed personal relations between President Jacob Zuma and President Ernest Bia Koroma. Delivering a message from President Zuma during a call on President Koroma at State House, the South African Envoy said both Heads of States are aware of the initiatives underway to train personnel in Sierra Leone Foreign Service and stabilise power generation in the country.
Mr. Radebe reassured President Koroma of the South African government’s readiness to further cement bilateral cooperation with Sierra Leone. “Both countries are blessed with minerals thus we should now continue with a sound bilateral cooperation to enable our people benefit from the proceeds of mineral resources from Sierra Leone and South Africa”, observed Mr. Radebe. President Koroma in response, extended gratitude to President Zuma for the commitment shown towards maintaining ties between South African and Sierra Leone. South Africa, he said supported Sierra Leone during the difficult days, in the energy sector and now planning assistances to other sectors. President Koroma welcomed the timely intervention of the South African government in sponsoring coming of the Cuban doctors, at a time when Sierra Leone has taken the bold step to establish the free health care initiative, a policy that has created huge impact within the health sector, especially in the lives of lactating mothers, pregnant women and under five children. “Both countries are blessed with mineral resources, and I hope that we can learn from the South African experience”, said President Koroma.
Meanwhile, as chairman of the ECOWAS Ad Hoc committee on the distribution of statutory positions, President Koroma has left Freetown this afternoon for Abuja in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to submit the Report of their recommendations at an extraordinary ECOWAS summit recently held at Lungi.
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