The following article is based on news information materials provided by the Embassy of Sierra Leone in Seoul to The Korea Post media for publication.—Ed.
Ambassador KimYoung Chae of the Republic of Korea in Sierra Leone paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Professor David Francis of Sierra Leone at the Foreign Affairs Headquarter in Freetown and presented copies of his letter of credence.
Ambassador Kim whilst presenting copies of his letter of credence applauded the government of Sierra Leone for upholding the bilateral ties between the two countries. The Ambassador further expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality that he and his entourage from the Republic of Korea Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria had received from the Sierra Leone Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Upon receiving copies of the Ambassador’s letter of credence, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor David Francis acknowledged the good diplomatic relationship that is being maintained between the two countries. The Minister assured the South Korean Ambassador that His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio is in full support of promoting strong bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Korea.
On Wednesday, September 8th 2021, the South Korean Ambassador also paid a courtesy call on the Inspector General (IG) of the Republic of Sierra Leone Police, Ambrose Michael Sovula, at the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Headquarter at George Street, Freetown.
Upon receiving the Ambassador, the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police mentioned about the warm reception that he received when he also paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Kim in August 2021 at the South Korea Embassy in Abuja.
The Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police implored the Ambassador to assist in providing technical support and training for the Republic of Sierra Leone Police Force in order to enhance capacity building. The IG expressed that he is looking forward to engage in signing a bilateral agreement with the South Korea National Police Agency that would be similar to what was signed in August 2021 in Abuja between the Sierra Leone Inspector General of Police and the Nigerian Inspector General of Police.
In response, Ambassador Kim Young Chae expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality that he and his entourage had received from the Sierra Leone Inspector General of Police, Ambrose Michael Sovula. The Ambassador also commended the IGP for the tremendous effort and progress that the Sierra Leone Police had attained so far.
Furthermore, Ambassador Kim appealed for respect and dignity to be maintained between the people of the Republic of Korea and the people of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The Ambassador made use of the opportunity to introduce the South Korea Embassy Police Attaché to the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police and appealed for a good working relationship to be maintained between the Police Attaché and the Sierra Leone Police.
Ambassador Kim also mentioned about plans to host a cultural event in Sierra Leone in 2022. In response, the IG promised to provide safety and security support for the pending event. However, the IG advised the Ambassador to endeavor to collaborate with the appropriate Sierra Leone Authorities that would make it possible to safely host the pending event.
As a sign of goodwill gesture and inter- cultural cooperation, the Ambassador and his entourage had the opportunity to wear a traditional Sierra Leone costume and posed for a photo with the Inspector General of the Republic of Sierra Leone Police.