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Sierra Leone News: African Diamond dialogue to be held in Brussels

Amb. Sorie in handshake with Amb. Smets

Amb. Sorie in handshake with Amb. Smets

The Director of Sub-Saharan Africa in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Belgium, Ambassador Jozef Smets has disclosed that Belgium will be hosting, “The African Diamond Dialogue” from 14th – 16th November. Fourteen Mines Ministers from Africa, including Sierra Leone have been invited to participate.
Smets made this disclosure on 3rd August, 2017 whilst addressing Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Ibrahim Sorie and his diplomatic staff upon his invitation to his office “to familiarize himself with African Ambassadors since he has just assumed the office few months ago”.
The new Director emphasized that the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) in Belgium has been playing a very active role in promoting transparency in the diamond industry and this African Diamond Dialogue is a continuation along that path.
Ambassador Smets called on the support of Sierra Leone to the candidacy of Belgium for one of the European non-permanent seats at the United Nations Security Council.
Ambassador Sorie seized the opportunity to request through the Director for Sierra Leone to be a partner and a beneficiary of the Bilateral Development Aid of the Belgian government and further reminded him on an earlier request he had made for the handling of medical waste in Freetown.
The Sierra Leone envoy further informed his host about the financial challenges the Sierra Leone Residual Court in The Hague. He solicited his support and that of the Belgian government for the proposed Diplomatic briefing, which he envisaged, might be held in Brussels to inform the diplomatic community about the dire situation of the Residual Court.
AT/10/8/17
Friday August 11, 2016.

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