Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Juldeh Jalloh, recently took to Facebook to share the details of his important meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa in the Bureau of African Affairs, in the presence of the American Ambassador.

The conversation revolved around crucial topics of concern and delved into governance issues and the challenging situation prevailing in the Sahel region.

VP Juldeh Jalloh highlighted deliberations concerning the National Electoral Systems Review Committee, emphasizing the importance of transparent and efficient electoral processes.

The meeting also addressed the mediated dialogue between Sierra Leone’s SLPP-led government and the APC, underlining the need for constructive political discourse.

The Vice President reaffirmed President Julius Maada Bio’s dedication to strengthening the enduring partnership between Sierra Leone and the United States.

In light of the crisis in Niger, Mr. Jalloh stressed the vital role of the United States in closely collaborating with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address the situation and the urgent necessity to safeguard the fragile Malian peace process.

Sierra Leone aims to leverage its position in the Security Council to actively engage in West Africa and the Sahel, supporting regional and multilateral initiatives aimed at enhancing stability in the region.

This significant meeting highlights Sierra Leone’s commitment to diplomacy and regional stability in West Africa, as well as the nation’s proactive approach to addressing critical issues in collaboration with international partners.

His full statement read;

I met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa in the Bureau of African Affairs alongside the American Ambassador. Our conversation focused on a range of issues, including governance and the prevailing fragile situation in the Sahel.

We discussed the National Electoral Systems Review Committee and the mediated dialogue between the SLPP led government and the APC. I reaffirmed His Excellency Julius Maada Bioโ€™s commitment to the longstanding partnership between Sierra Leone and the United States.

Furthermore, I emphasised the importance of the United States to work very closely with ECOWAS in order to address the current crisis in Niger, and the urgent need to save the Malian peace process from utter collapse.

In that regard, Sierra Leone will leverage its position in the security council with a view to engage more actively in West Africa and the Sahel, and support regional and multilateral stability initiatives.