Sierra Leone President Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
“I am here to take part in this wonderful tradition of planting a tree. We shall continue to be a symbol of hope, a symbol of peace and a symbol that represents the future of all of us – of Israel and the rest of the world. I believe that your tradition was always relevant in the past, but it is especially relevant today, when we are coping with the challenges of climate change. We need to continue with this concept of tree planting and continue with the concept of conserving the environment in order to safeguard the future of us all, the future of the world,” said President of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in his speech at the official planting ceremony, which was held on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, in the Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest, below Yad VaShem,.
The ceremony was attended by seven of Sierra Leone's government ministers, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Samura Kamara, Finance Minister Momodu Kargbo, Justice Minister Joseph Kamara, Agriculture Minister Professor Monty Jones, Energy Minister Henry Macauley, Minister of Information Mohamed Bangura and Minister for Infrastructure and Water Momodu Maligi.
The ambassadors of both countries were also present, with Paul Hirschson representing Israel in Sierra Leone and Osman Keh Kamara representing Sierra Leone in Israel.
KKL-JNF's Head of Protocol Andy Michelson presided over the ceremony, and Barbara Goldstein of KKL-JNF’s Board of Directors delivered a speech.
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