The Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Hu zhangliang has paid a visit to the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt at the Ministry’s Head Office in Freetown.
“My purpose of visiting the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs is to show my respect and appreciation to her for the strong support her and the Ministry gave to the development of the China-Sierra Leone cordial bi-lateral relationship and also to discuss with the Minister on the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries”, the Chinese Ambassador Stated.
During the discussions, the Chinese Ambassador asked the Minister about the possibility of cultural performances from the Ministry in celebration of the all-important event. He also discussed the promotion of cultural exchange and tourism cooperation between the two countries, which he said is important for enhancing the mutual understanding and consolidating the good foundation for their state to state relationship.
Minister Pratt started by welcoming the Chinese Ambassador to the Ministry saying that the Ambassador’s visit pertains to building and strengthening the bi-lateral relationship between the two countries. In terms of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the China-Sierra Leone bi-lateral relationship, Dr. Pratt said that there would be cultural performances from the Ministry where she would also deliver a speech.
She called on the Chinese Ambassador to continue supporting the capacity building of the ministry in terms of training and sending people abroad and also developing cultural dialogues to promote inter-ethnic relations to address xenophobia and discrimination, and to also promote nationalism and peaceful co-existence. A proposed visit for the Minister to visit her counterpart in China was also on the cards.
A cooperative agreement to support the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs was signed between the Ministry and the Chinese Embassy.