Foreign relations of Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone maintains formal relations with many Western nations.[1] It also maintains diplomatic relations with the former Soviet Bloc countries as well as with the People's Republic of China.

The government maintains 16 embassies and high commissions across the world.[2]

Multilateral membership[edit]

Former President Stevens' government had sought closer relations with West African countries under the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).[3] The present government is continuing this effort.

Sierra Leone is a member of the United Nations and its specialized agencies, the Commonwealth, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Development Bank (AFDB), the Mano River Union (MRU), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Sierra Leone is also a member of the International Criminal Court with a Bilateral Immunity Agreement of protection for the US-military (as covered under Article 98).

Sierra Leone is a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Bilateral relations[edit]

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Armenia 22 March 2004

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 22 March 2004.

 Brazil 1974

Brazil and Sierra Leone established diplomatic relations in 1974. Brazil opened an Embassy in Freetown in 2012.[4]

 Canada 1961 See Canada–Sierra Leone relations

Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1961.

 China 29 July 1971 See China–Sierra Leone relations

China and Sierra Leone established diplomatic relations on July 29, 1971.[5]

 Croatia 23 July 2003

Both countries established diplomatic relations on July 23, 2003.[6][7]

 Cyprus 22 November 2000

Both countries established diplomatic relations on November 22, 2000.[8]

 Georgia 7 April 1997

Both countries established diplomatic relations on April 7, 1997.

 Guyana 25 October 1974

Both countries established diplomatic relations on October 25, 1974.[9]

 Japan 27 April 1961

Both countries established diplomatic relations on April 27, 1961.[10]

 Latvia 12 December 2014

Both countries established diplomatic relations on December 12, 2014.[11][12]

 Lithuania 15 April 2014

Both countries established diplomatic relations on April 15, 2014.[13]

 Maldives 14 June 1988

Both countries established diplomatic relations on June 14, 1988.[14]

 Malta 16 October 2001

Both countries established diplomatic relations on October 16, 2001.[15]

 Mexico 1976
  • Mexico is accredited to Sierra Leone from its embassy in Accra, Ghana.[16]
  • Sierra Leone does not have an accreditation to Mexico.
 Montenegro 8 September 2014

Both countries established diplomatic relations on September 8, 2014.[17]

 Serbia 1961

Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1961.[18]

 Singapore 9 April 2013

Both countries established diplomatic relations on April 9, 2013.[19]

 South Africa August 1998

Both countries established diplomatic relations in August 1998.[20]

 South Korea 25 June 1962

Establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Sierra Leone was on June 25, 1962.[21]

 Turkey

The Turkish embassy in Accra is accredited to Sierra Leone. There is also an honorary consulate of Turkey in Freetown. The embassy of Sierra Leone in Abu Dhabi is accredited to Turkey. Sierra Leone has an honorary consulate in Ankara.[22]

 United States See Sierra Leone–United States relations
Embassy of Sierra Leone in Washington, D.C.

U.S. relations with Sierra Leone began with missionary activities in the 19th century. In 1959, the U.S. opened a consulate in Freetown and elevated it to embassy status when Sierra Leone became independent in 1961. U.S.-Sierra Leone relations today are cordial, with ethnic ties between groups in the two countries receiving increasing historical interest. Many thousands of Sierra Leoneans reside in the United States.

In fiscal year 2006, total U.S. bilateral aid to Sierra Leone in all categories were $29.538 million. U.S. assistance focused on the consolidation of peace, democracy and human rights, health education, particularly combating HIV/AIDS, and human resources development.

Currently, the Principal U.S. Official in Sierra Leone is Chargé d'Affaires Glenn Fedzer [23] Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the U.S. is H. E. Bockari Kortu Stevens and the Sierra Leone embassy is located in Washington.[24]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website https://2009-2017.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5475.htm.

 Vietnam 24 June 1978

Both countries established diplomatic relations on June 24, 1978.[25]

International disputes[edit]

Large UN peacekeeping presence ended civil war, however rebel gang fighting, ethnic rivalries, illegal diamond trading, corruption, and refugees spill over into neighboring states that are beset with their own civil disorders, refugees, and violence.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-in/SierraLeone
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-07-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/World-Leaders-2003/Sierra-Leone-FOREIGN-POLICY.html
  4. ^ "República de Serra Leoa". www.itamaraty.gov.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  5. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/focac/183425.htm
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  16. ^ Embassy of Mexico in Ghana
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  21. ^ http://www.mofa.go.kr/ENG/countries/middleeast/countries/20070824/1_24485.jsp?menu=m_30_50
  22. ^ [15]
  23. ^ Embassy of the United States in Sierra Leone
  24. ^ "Embassy of Sierra Leone". Sierra Leone government. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  25. ^ [16]

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