23rd April 2017
Envoy Afsatu Presents Credentials to President Obiang in Malabo
By Press Release (27/01/17)
The presentation of credentials by Haja Afsatu Kabba to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea has taken place.
In her presentation of Letters of Credence in the capital Malabo recently, High Commissioner Afsatu Kabba conveyed fraternal greetings and felicitations from His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government and People of the Republic of Sierra Leone to His Excellency President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Government and friendly People of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. (Pictured: Envoy Afsatu with President Buhari when she was envoy to Nigeria).
The High Commissioner furthered that President Koroma has appointed her as Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to work with the Government of Equatorial Guinea to strengthen the already existing bilateral ties between the countries.
High Commissioner Haja Afsatu O.E. Kabba expressed deep appreciations to President Mbasogo for his genuine contributions towards the African cause with the rest of the world and reiterated the request of the Honourable Isata Kabia, Minister of State 2 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation during the Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo of the possibility of establishing Joint Bilateral Cooperation and Private Sector Investments between the two states.
She noted cooperation in the areas of Trade Investment, Oil Exploration, Energy, Fisheries and Marine Resources, Mines and Mineral Resources, Agriculture, Aviation, Education, Tourism and Cultural Exchange (Trade Fair Promotion) between the two countries is important.
President Koroma requested the Government of Equatorial Guinea to play a major role in Sierra Leone Post Ebola Recovery Process and participate in its economic development in bilateral trade and private sector investment in the above mentioned fields.
Accepting the Letters of Credence, President Teodoro Mbasogo expressed delight for the move of President Koroma to appoint a dynamic and vibrant woman as Ambassador to fortify the existing relationship with the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
"I am glad that you are Sierra Leone's Envoy to Equatorial Guinea, because it is essential that the two countries collaborate for mutual prosperity as well as for the African continent," said President Teodoro Obasogo.
He commended President Koroma for his astute leadership as Chairman of the Committee of Ten African Heads of State (C10) on the reform of the United Nations Security Council and the resilient of Sierra Leoneans in the fight against the Ebola scourge. "As you have commenced work in Equatorial Guinea, we will start using your office as a conduit to strengthen and add value to the strong historical ties and expect frequent visits from you to work with the Equatorial Guinea Government to sign Joint Bilateral Cooperation Agreements as a road map in promoting People-to-People Cooperation as well as Economic and Cultural Development between our two countries.
The indefatigable High Commissioner was accorded a red carpet welcome by the Deputy State Chief of Protocol of Equatorial Guinea Mrs. Martina Mansugu Ona. She was received by the State Chief of Protocol, Mr. Teodoro Biyogo at the Equatorial Guinea State House in Bioko North-Malabo.
According to the Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Mr. Mohamed Sorie Conteh, presentation of Letters of Credence by an Ambassador enables a country to have a full blown Diplomatic ties with a country even in the absence of a Resident Ambassador.
Envoy Kabba climaxed her visit in Malabo by holding a fruitful discussions with a cross section of the "Fernandino Creollo Association" who are Equatorial Guineans of Sierra Leone origin.
As a founder member of the Krio Descendant Association in the Republic of Sierra Leone, a request was made to the High Commissioner for the Association in Equatorial Guinea to be launched by their counterpart in Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leonean Envoy promised to transmit their request to the President of the Krio Descendant Association, Mrs Cassandra Garber for effective collaboration between the two Associations.