With our late President Gamal Abdel Nasser urged for supporting our sisterly countries against colonialism, back in the beginning of the sixties of the last century, came our Egyptian-Sierra Leonean friendship and diplomatic ties which are about to be 56-years-old next April.
A long and great history of solidarity, brotherhood, and building-up our nations for a better future. We fought and survived together, many hard times, and yet we are still together, and getting closer every day.
It`s the precious and genuine core of hearts and minds, that drives our paths closer and merge them into one single aspired path. Only, because we stand for what we are, and we don`t change. A true Egyptian Eagle and a brave Sierra Leonean Leone.
We were in Sierra Leone during the civil war, and we were here during the Ebola disease crisis. We didn`t pull out for any reason, and we won`t also for any reason. Egypt was never a quitter, and will never be one. Egypt shall not turn its back on its brothers and friends. We stand for bravery and loyalty.
Egypt received, happily and warmly, H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in June 2016 in a short, but very important visit, whereby he was welcomed by his brother H.E. President Abdelfattah Alsisi ,and other high ranking Egyptian officials .
As part of a significant plan of official visits to come, in order to keep the pace and maintain the warmness of our bilateral outstanding relations, Ambassador Mohamed Edrees , Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, is to arrive in Sierra Leone in the beginning of November 2016.
Ambassador Edrees is one of the finest Egyptian experts on African affairs , African cooperation and the AU affairs, and his visit signals an escalating number of visits for better approaching and deliberately working on all matters of concern for both sides – Egypt and Sierra Leone.
The visit also underlines the newly met challenges, namely, the depreciation of raw materials, stagnant economies, high unemployment rates, need for direct investments, need to eradicate corruption, need to build national capabilities, need to transfer technology, radicalism, and terrorism. Thus, the intended visit sends a message, that we were born to be together, struggle together, and live a better future together.
Long live Egypt . Long live Sierra Leone.