Chinese president's special envoy arrives for independence celebrations in Sierra Leone

09:06, April 26, 2011      

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Han Changfu, the special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao, arrived Freetown on Monday evening to participate in the national celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence of Sierra Leone.

Han, China's Minister of Agriculture, and his delegation were warmly received by Sierra Leone's Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Forestry Sam Sesay and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Joseph Bandabla Dauda upon their arrival in this West Africa country.

During his meeting with Sesay at the airport, Han extended warm congratulations to the Sierra Leonean people for their 50th anniversary of independence from British rule, as well as their achievements since the independence.

The two sides reviewed the fruitful cooperation between China and Sierra Leone since their establishment of diplomatic relations 40 years ago.

Sesay thanked China for its valuable assistance to the economic development of Sierra Leone.

Han is scheduled to meet Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma on Tuesday, and attend a state banquet hosted by the president in the evening.

The Chinese envoy will be among the VIP guests here on Wednesday in the independence celebrations held at the National Stadium.

Sierra Leone declared independence from Britain on April 27, 1961.

Source: Xinhua
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