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President Bio Elevates Diplomatic Relations with UAE Minister of State

President Bio Elevates Diplomatic Relations with UAE Minister of State

In a significant stride towards fostering stronger diplomatic ties, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone engaged in fruitful discussions with the esteemed Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Excellency Sheikh Shakboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, at the State House in Freetown on Thursday, April 4, 2024.


This meeting underscored a pivotal moment in the ongoing efforts to bolster the relationship between Sierra Leone and the UAE, building upon President Bio’s recent visit to the UAE in March. The continuation of this dialogue signifies a mutual commitment to advancing shared interests and objectives between the two nations.


The discussions during the meeting encompassed a wide array of modalities aimed at solidifying shared goals to realize the developmental aspirations of both Sierra Leone and the UAE. President Bio and Minister Sheikh Shakboot Nahyan Al Nahyan explored strategies to deepen cooperation in crucial sectors such as trade, investment, infrastructure development, and technology transfer. The emphasis was on fostering partnerships that would contribute to sustainable economic progress and development in both countries.


Sierra Leone warmly welcomed the steadfast commitment of His Highness Mohamed Bin Zayed, the President of the UAE, towards supporting the development agenda of the Sierra Leonean government. President Bio expressed sincere appreciation for the ongoing support from the UAE and pledged collaborative efforts to promote mutually beneficial sustainable growth for both nations. The foundation of this collaboration rests on mutual respect, trust, and a shared vision for prosperity.


President Bio reiterated Sierra Leone’s eagerness to harness the vast opportunities presented by the UAE’s expertise and resources. He underscored the importance of leveraging partnerships with the UAE to expedite socio-economic development initiatives in Sierra Leone. The President identified specific areas where collaboration could yield substantial dividends, including energy, agriculture, education, healthcare, and tourism.


Minister Sheikh Shakboot Nahyan Al Nahyan affirmed the UAE’s genuine commitment to deepening engagement with Sierra Leone and expressed readiness to explore new avenues of cooperation. He lauded Sierra Leone’s progress and commended President Bio’s leadership in advancing the nation’s development agenda. The Minister reaffirmed the UAE’s readiness to support Sierra Leone in its pursuit of sustainable development and prosperity.


The meeting concluded with both parties expressing optimism about the future trajectory of bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and the UAE. President Bio and Minister Sheikh Shakboot Nahyan Al Nahyan reiterated their dedication to maintaining regular dialogue and fostering closer collaboration in the years ahead. They stressed the importance of cultivating strong people-to-people ties and facilitating exchanges in various fields to deepen mutual understanding and cooperation.


As Sierra Leone and the UAE embark on a new chapter of enhanced cooperation, both nations stand poised to reap the rewards of strengthened diplomatic ties and strategic partnerships. The meeting between President Julius Maada Bio and Minister Sheikh Shakboot Nahyan Al Nahyan serves as a testament to the shared commitment of Sierra Leone and the UAE towards fostering sustainable development, prosperity, and mutual growth.

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