Sierra Leone’s President, Julius Maada Bio intimated that his country will soon set up an embassy in Israel in the city of Jerusalem.

Bio made his intention during a discussion with Israel’s Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen on Thursday, August 24.

Sierra Leone currently maintains a consulate in the city of Tel Aviv in Israel. If the move is actualised, the West African State could become the fifth nation to have an embassy in Jerusalem following the US, Guatemala, Honduras and Kosovo. Paraguay is also considering reopening their embassy in the city.

Israel welcomed the move by Sierra Leone and other nations to open their embassies in Jerusalem because this could manifest their claim to the city.

I was pleased to hear from the president of Sierra Leone of his intentions to open an embassy in Jerusalem,” Israel’s Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen said.

Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv in honour of the Palestinian people who also claim the city.

The Palestinian government has, in the past, criticised States that have embassies in Jerusalem but Sierraloaded is yet to confirm whether the same has been done in the case of Sierra Leone.

The meeting between the two also focused on strengthening bilateral relations and trip down memory lane when the two States established relations as early as 1961.