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His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has received with great shock and dismay the sad news of the passing away of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Meles Zenawi (in photo).
The Ethiopian Government announced the death of its Premier on Monday 20th August 2012.
The letter signed by President Koroma dated 21st August and addressed to His Excellency Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Minister of Foreign Affairs in part reads thus:
“Let me at this hour of grief, on behalf of the Government and the People of the Republic of Sierra Leone and on my own personal behalf express heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, the bereaved family, Government and the people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for this great loss.”
President Koroma added that the deceased leader will always be remembered for his outstanding performance in the strengthening of the African Union, particularly as Chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism and for his leadership in the pursuit of peace and security in the Horn of Africa.
The President lauded Mr. Zenawi for revitalizing the economy of Ethiopia as one of the fastest growing in the Continent.
“May the soul of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi rest in perfect peace,” the letter from President Koroma ends.
Meanwhile, the corpse of the late Prime Minister arrived in Ethiopia on Tuesday August 21. Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali was among a battery of diplomats that witnessed the arrival ceremony at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
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