By: Elizabeth Davidson Campbell Information Attaché, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In the quest to strengthen the bilateral ties between Sierra Leone and the Islamic republic of Iran and to support government in the fight against corona virus, His Excellency ambassador Allie Badara Kamara has today, October 26th 2020, received 22 cartons of Personal Protective equipment (PPEs) from the Iranian government through the Red Crescent Society and NGO in Iran.
The items which were presented by the deputy Director General for international protocol and communications of the Iranian Red Crescent Society in Tehran/Iran Hassan Esfandiar includes 17 cartons of hand sanitizers (each carton contains 250 tubes of hand sanitizers) which gives the total of four thousand two hundred and fifty tubes; five cartons of face masks totaling ten thousand (10,000) face masks. These items are to support Sierra Leoneans in the fight against the corona virus. According to Mr. Hassan Esfandiar, the government and people of Iran are quite happy to contribute to the Sierra Leonean effort in fighting Covid-19 even though Iran is faced with challenges of its own in the fight against the virus. Mr. Hassan Esfandiar added that such gestures are intended to serve the interest of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. This, he said, is just to show solidarity and register friendship to the government and people of Sierra Leone.
Mr. Esfandiar also assured the Sierra Leone ambassador, Allie Badara Kamara, of Iran’s commitment to start training medical students from Sierra Leone as soon as possible.
Receiving these items, the Sierra Leone ambassador to the Islamic republic of Iran, His Excellency Alie Badara Kamara, expressed appreciation describing the gifts as essential fighting tools in the Covid-19 battle. The ambassador further revealed that the sierra Leone embassy has taken several positive moves in reaching out to various organizations in Tehran (including the Iranian Red Crescent Society) as part of its ongoing efforts to explore collaboration and garner support, especially at the height of the fight against the corona virus. He said there are more opportunities he would like to explore in various areas including investment, scholarships and business opportunities.
The ambassador, HE Alie Badara Kamara, thanked Mr. Esfandiar and through him the Iranian government and people for their “kindness and thoughtfulness”. He highlighted the challenges Sierra Leone is faced with in handling the virus, but “these items”, he said “will go a long way in helping to win the fight”. He reiterated that His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio will be grateful in receiving these items. H.E Alie Badara kamara gave assurances that the ties between these two countries will continue to grow. He welcomed the good news that Sierra Leoneans would soon have the opportunity to undertake medical studies in Iran, giving Sierra Leone a boost to push forward the healthcare expansion drive. He also extended his condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones in the fight against the virus in Iran.
The Iranian ambassador to Sierra Leone HE Akbra Khosravinjad, was present in the handing over ceremony of these consignments.