By Alhassan Spear Kamara just back from Conakry :
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Guinea, His Excellency Adikalie Foday Sumah, has in an exclusive interview with this medium talked about the long standing bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and Guinea which according to him was conceived form the two sovereign country’s traditional connection and cultural identities stressing that the bilateral relation which bring the two sister countries transcends the basic meaning at contemporary international relation in a globalised world.
Speaking further, Ambassador Sumah disclosed that most of the family names found in Sierra Leone including Kamara, Bangura, Sumah, Turay, Fofanah, Yansaneh, Yillah, Sankoh, Dumbuya, Koroma etc are equally entrenched in the family names in Guinea. The same goes for proper names – Foday, Sheku, Alkalie, Alimamy, Soriba, Ibrahim etc.
AMBASSADOR ADEKALI SUMAH
The legal luminary however noted that of all the countries which border with Guinea namely, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Liberia, Sierra Leone shares the largest land border with Guinea, which is approximately 652km. The stretch of the border alone he said, emphasizes the strategic nature geographical, traditional and cultural fraternities punctuating the Guinea Sierra Leone bilateral relationship.
Against this background, Ambassador Sumah said it is but proper to opined that the bilateral relation between Guinea and Sierra Leone are at all times piping at hyperbolic tones and tunes between good and cordial.
“That was why the late President Ahmed Sheku Toure of Guinea opined to his colleagues, friend and brother, the late President Dr. Siaka Problyn Stevens, that Guinea and Sierra Leone were condemned by nature to live together with each other, nothing can buttress this saying better than the homogeneity of the people, climate and animals” he said stressing that it is only the Guinea sheep, goats, cattle’s etc are the same as those in Sierra Leone. A Malian goat or sheep is physically different from that in Guinea. What a unique caricature of nature” he concluded. Read page ( ) statement delivered by Ambassador Sumah on the occasion briefing the state of the nation of the nation by professor Alpha Conde President of the Republic of Guinea.
STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY ADIKALIE FODAY SUMAH , AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE TO THE REPUBLIC OF GUINEA, AND DEAN OF THE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR CORPS IN THE REPUBLIC OF GUINEA, ON THE OCCASION OF BRIEFINGS ON THE STATE OF THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR ALPHA CONDE, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUINEA.
- Let me, on behalf of my colleagues Heads of Mission and members of the consular corps in the Republic of Guinea, utilize this grand occasion, to avail myself the opportunity of wishing his Excellency Professor Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea a very Happy New Year and with ardent humility and adoration for the almighty God that: we fervently ask, him to grant and bless you with sustained good health, strength and wisdom; to continue to lead, direct and inspire the affairs of this great country and her marvelous people in the year 2013 and beyond.
- His Excellency, we would like to congratulate you and your government for the moves you have so far made in not only nursing the already germinated seeds of democracy in Guinea; but also, for what you have progressively achieved in turning round the state of affairs in your country. We have in particular; noted the interest now being manifested by the Guinea People in geeting involved in the democratization process. This is a positive move in the right direction. For; the very principles of democracy are cemented on the thrust of the people; for the people and by the people.
- His Excellency, we would like to encourage you to contune the good work you have commenced since your gracious acceptance of the mantle of leadership of the Republic of Guinea. Despite the challenges facing you as a president , in dealing with the daily bread and butter issuers of the nation, challenges facing you as President, dealing with the daily bread and butter issues of the nation, much have been achieved in placing the economic environment of the State in a Progessively steady footing. We believe that, with time, and support from all Guineans will soon realize her full potentials under your leadership, thereby occupying her rightful place in the regional, sub-regional and global drive to achieving peace and security, participatory democracy, good governance, socio-economic development and improved standard of living for everyone through poverty reduction, job creation and food security.
- His Excellency, we have seen that, since your emergence as President of the Republic of Guinea; through the first ever, democratically conducted elections in the country’s contemporary political history, some tremendously active diplomatic interactions are taking place between and among the leaders of both the Ecowas Region and t he Mano River Union Sub-region. Your contributory role in the concerted effort of stabilizing these regions, are both acknowledgeable and complementary. For this reason and more, I would like to personally encourage you Sir, to continue to demonstrate Sub-Regional leadership in the Mano River Union, where three of its four member states have, in diverse ways, instead from the agony of extreme political instability and devastating social mayhems. This could be made possible by playing a leading role in the maintenance of peace, security and stability in Sub-region. Such will ensure that, the political, economic and social transformations which have been engendered will remain on a sustainable course.
- His Excellency, like the people of Guinea and others around the world, enjoying the bounties of peace, Security and stability, those vulnerable peoples would like you; the world leaders, to find pragmatic solutions to end their plights and social predicaments. They believe and we as well believe that, through your concerted and co-ordinated efforts , the new Year would roll out hope to them for ther purpose of living in peace, with security and stability in their respective sovereign Nation-States.
- His Excellency while I, on behalf of my colleagues, once again, wish you good health and profound strength to lift this Great Nation to higher Heights, we hope that, the transition process would be drawn to a close when the legislative and local government elections are conducted as soon as possible.
Long Live the Republic of Guinea and
Long live the International Community
Ambassador Adikalie Foday Sumah
Dean of the Diplomatic Consular Corps, Republic of Guinea