The German Ambassador to Sierra Leone Horst Gruner has paid a courtesy call to the Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Germany, Dr. M’Baimba Lamin Baryoh on Friday 20th November, 2020 at the Sierra Leone Embassy, Berlin in Germany.
Ambassador Baryoh in welcoming the German Ambassador expressed his satisfaction for the cordial and friendly relationship existing between both countries. He stated that the relationship was established in the 18th century when the early Germans came to Sierra Leone for the purpose of trade, education and religion. The marks left behind by these early Germans are still very visible in Sierra Leone where some German names are still being carried by Sierra Leoneans eg. Gustavus, Boltman etc. He stated that diplomatic relations between both countries were established in 1961 and this relationship has continued to grow from strength to strength. He thanked the German Government for its continued assistance to the country through GIZ and highlighted the recent provision of diagnostic kits to fight the Corona Pandemic.
Ambassador Gruner in his reply thanked Ambassador Baryoh for his friendly and warm reception and stated that he feels very much at home in Sierra Leone. He praised His Excellency President Rtd Brig Julius Maada Bio, the Government and the people of Sierra Leone for the effective fight against COVID-19 and that Germany will continue to support Sierra Leone particularly in health related matters. He is very satisfied with the strong bilateral ties that exist between both countries.
Other topics discussed during the courtesy call included: The Schengen Visa and Immigration. Germany, he said will continue to support Sierra Leone through the European Union and other regional bodies.
Both Ambassadors meet at least once a year either in Freetown or Berlin where they discuss issues of common interest affecting both countries.
Idrissa Hilton Gogra
Sierra Leone Embassy in Berlin Germany