President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday 9th January received the credentials of the New Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Zhao Yanbo and the Italian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Alfonso Di Riso at the Credentials Hall, State House, Freetown.

Receiving the Chinese Ambassador on the one hand, President Koroma described the People’s Republic as a great friend of Sierra Leone. He noted that China’s entry into the United Nations family and its assumption of its rightful place as a premier nation in international affairs was stoutly supported by Sierra Leone under the founder of the All People’s Congress, President Dr Siaka Stevens, saying that it was a bold step then.