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Ambassadors of America, Egypt and Gambia Present Letters of Credence to Sierra Leone’s President Bio

State House, Freetown, Wednesday 24 March 2021_ – Ambassador of the United States of America, David Reimer, Ambassador of Egypt, Mohamed Mourin Mohamed Loutfy and Ambassador of Gambia, Allieu Kabba Jammeh, have today presented their letters of credence to His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio. 

Sierra Leone and the United States of America have a longstanding bilateral relationship, which began with missionary activities in the 19th century. In 1959, the U.S. opened a consulate in Freetown and elevated it to embassy status when Sierra Leone gained independence in 1961. U.S-Sierra Leone relations today are cordial, with ethnic ties between groups in the two countries receiving increasing historical interest.

Ambassador of Egypt, Mohamed Mourin Mohamed Loutfy presenting Letters of Credence to President Bio

The relationship between The Gambia and Sierra Leone is not just a product of the two countries’ foreign relations or their diplomatic ties. 

The relationship is historical, dating back to colonial days or even much earlier, before the advent of colonialism.

During the colonial days, The Gambia and Sierra Leone were administered together by the British.  Since 1816, The Gambia was ruled under the crown colony system of colonialism with its administration answerable to the Governor in Sierra Leone. 

President Bio Receiving the letter from the Ambassador of Gambia, Allieu Kabba Jammeh

The Gambian territory was governed from Sierra Leone from 1821 to 1843 and from 1866 to 1888.   When the administration was attached to that of Sierra Leone in 1866, the Gambian executive and legislative councils were abolished.  

Sierra Leone and Egypt have good ties, ranging from military and education. The two countries have enjoyed a long relationship, which started before Sierra Leone’s independence on 27 April 1961.

© State House Media and Communications Unit

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