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Foreign Minister reaffirms commitment to historical ties with Britain

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nabeela F. Tunis has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the historical ties with Britain.

During a virtual engagement with the British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Commonwealth Office, James Dudderidge on Friday August 7, 2020, issues ranging from the countries’ response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, to other important multilateral and bilateral matters were discussed.

In her opening statement, Madam Tunis appreciated the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual importance to Sierra Leone and Britain.

In referencing the solid historical relationship that exists between Sierra Leone and Britain, the Foreign Minister thanked the Government and people of Britain for their relentless support to Sierra Leone during the pandemic and beyond.

Madam Tunis also used the opportunity to speak briefly about Sierra Leones international posture in relation to the New Direction trajectory.

She noted that Sierra Leone seeks to harness and deepen partnerships anchored on trade and; will equally continue to preserve and strengthen traditional links.

In his response, the British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Commonwealth Office, James Dudderidge expressed deep satisfaction over the fact that Britain and Sierra Leone have maintained cordial diplomatic ties for decades.

He congratulated the Government of Sierra Leone for repealing the Criminal Libel law which according to him puts Sierra Leone in a stellar category, globally, in terms of Media Freedom.

He also commended the Government of Sierra Leone for its management of the pandemic and thought that the lessons learned from the Ebola Disease have paid off

Secretary Dudderidge reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to supporting Sierra Leone in its socioeconomic development strides and added that information sharing, financial support and promotion of in-country revenue generation, among others will constitute key areas of cooperation.

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