(MENAFN - Arab News) Sierra leone enjoys excellent bilateral relations with saudi arabia said alhaji mohamed sillah kargbo sierra leone’s ambassador to saudi arabia on the eve of the country’s 53rd anniversary of independence.
“the two countries are bound by strong bilateral ties in various sectors” kargbo said.
“the kingdom has shown generosity toward sierra leone” he said. “the late crown prince naif approved sending medicine supplies to sierra leone in early 2012.”
saad al-garni consultant of vascular surgery at king faisal specialist hospital & research center (kfshrc) in riyadh and sulaiman al-shurei director-general of emergency services traveled to sierra leone to hand over the drugs.
sierra leone’s finance and economy minister kaifalah marrah his deputy momodu kargbo and deputy information and communications minister theo nicol also visited saudi arabia in recent times.
all of them met with high-profile government officials and businessmen from the private sector kargbo said.
prince alwaleed bin talal chairman of the kingdom holding company (khc) visited sierra leone in june last year and met with president ernest bai koroma who told him “to consider sierra leone his second home.”
president ernest bai koroma and prince alwaleed discussed bilateral ties and social and economic issues as well as potential interest for investment in the hotel and tourism industries in sierra leone the ambassador said.
sierra leone is rich in almost every natural resource and it is only a matter of time when the country will be ranked among middle-income countries in the world he said.
kargbo said that last year 1000 sierra leone pilgrims led by pilgrimage minister alhaji moijueh kaikai performed haj.
the envoy invited saudi tourists to visit sierra leone which he said boasts “remarkably beautiful pristine beaches green mountains and jungles that remain largely untouched.”
information attaché alhaji m.b. jalloh confirmed the attendance of officials from the saudi foreign ministry other government ministries the private sector and potential saudi investors at today’s celebrations.