By Mohamed Fofana.
President Julius Maada Bio is expected to leave Freetown for Conakry on Monday, 15th February to meet his Guinean counterpart, Prof. Alpha Conde, following the visit of a high-powered delegation from Sierra Leone to Guinea on 28th and 29th January 2021, and a high-level Guinean delegation led by its Foreign Minister which undertook a two-day working visit to Sierra Leone from 8th and 9th February 2021.
Owing to the recent developments in relation to the closure of the common border between the two countries, Prof. Alpha Conde addressed a special letter to his colleague, President Julius Maada Bio, which was delivered to him at State House by Dr. Ibrahima Khalil Kaba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad of the Republic of Guinea.
Both visits are therefore a consequence of the sustained efforts of both countries to support the consolidation of cross-border activities, security and information sharing between the nodal points for Sierra Leone and Guinea.
During the visit in Freetown, both Foreign Ministers reiterated the resolve of President Julius Maada Bio and Prof. Alpha Conde to consolidate the peaceful co-existence and fraternal relations existing between the two countries.
The two Ministers also expressed satisfaction with measures so far taken by the relevant security sectors in Sierra Leone in ensuring collaboration with their counterparts on the Guinean side on matters relating to border and customs control.
The visiting delegation particularly commended the efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone in guaranteeing the commitment of its security sector to undertake effective as well as systematic operations at the common border points between Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The two sides also agreed to reconvene the Joint Technical Committee on Yenga which is expected to meet in Nongowa on a suitable date, as well as undertake joint or parallel patrols along the common border areas.