Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Guinea and the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Alexey V. Popov, has officially communicated Russia’s intention to establish a permanent embassy in Sierra Leone. This announcement was made during a ceremony where the Ambassador presented his Letters of Credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Musa Timothy Kabba, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tower Hill, Freetown.
In his presentation, Ambassador Popov reflected on the robust 62-year bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and Russia. He emphasized his government’s unwavering commitment to supporting Sierra Leone’s transformative projects and expressed readiness to deepen diplomatic ties by establishing a permanent embassy in Freetown. The Ambassador highlighted that this move aims to bolster trade, investment, and overall cooperation between the two nations.
Ambassador Popov commended the Government of Sierra Leone for securing a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the 2024-2025 period, acknowledging the country’s global progress. He affirmed Russia’s dedication to supporting Sierra Leone’s Human Capacity Development by continuing to award scholarships to deserving Sierra Leoneans.
In response, Minister Musa Timothy Kabba expressed gratitude for the longstanding friendly relations between the two nations. He congratulated Ambassador Popov on his appointment and commended Russia’s decision to establish a full embassy in Freetown. Minister Kabba announced plans for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to engage with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice’s office and the Sierra Leone Embassy in Russia to finalize key Memoranda of Understanding and cooperative frameworks, fostering mutual benefits for both countries.
The Minister also extended appreciation to the Russian Federation for its ongoing support in providing scholarships to Sierra Leonean students, contributing significantly to the country’s Human Capital development. MJB/14/1/2024