Sierra Leone’s Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Ismael Koroma on 6th June 2014 on behalf of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma autographed the Condolence Book of Dr. Kartheinz Bohm, an Austrian and Honorary Ethiopian Citizen.
Dr. Bohm was the founder of the aid organization “Menschen für Menschen.” He passed away on 29th May 2014 in Salzburg, Austria.
A Note Verbale sent to the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Addis Ababa from the Austrian Mission reads in part: “The Austrian Embassy in Addis Ababa presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia as well as to all Diplomatic and Consular Missions and International Organizations accredited to Ethiopia, and with deep sorrow has the honour to inform, that the Austrian and Honorary Ethiopian Citizen Dr. Kartheinz BÖHM, founder of the aid organization “Menschen für Menschen” passed away on 29 May 2014 in Salzburg, Austria.”
Mr. Koroma who also doubles as Deputy Head of Mission, his condolence message reads: “On behalf of His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government and People of the Republic of Sierra Leone, I hereby convey our sincere deep condolences to the bereaved family, the Governments and people of Austria and Ethiopia on the passing away of Dr. Kartheinz Bohm.”
The message continued: “Dr. Kartheinz Bohm was a renowned philanthropist and founder of the charitable organization “Menschen für Menschen”. May the Good Lord grant his soul a peaceful rest.”
The Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. was received at the Austrian Embassy by Mr. Andreas Heuberger, the Mission’s Vice Consul and Head of Administration.
Meanwhile, on June 5th 2014, the Deputy Head of Mission attended the Diplomatic Briefing organized by U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa on the upcoming U.S-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled to take place in Washington in August, 5th 2014.
The U.S Ambassador to Addis Ababa, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Brigety said that his Government has sent out personalized invitation letters to all the African leaders who will be attending the Summit.
He said that the Summit aims at designing a new approach towards Africa and the latter will be climaxed by side events.
Ambassador Brigety further said that African countries sanctioned by the African Union Commission would not be invited to the Summit, adding that Zimbabwe, Eretria, The Sudan and Western Sahrawi would also not be invited to the Summit because they do not have strong diplomatic relations with the US Government.
He pointed out that initially Madagascar was not invited but after the Commission lifted its sanction on Madagascar, the US Government had to extend an invitation to the country’s new leader.
Abdul Karim Koroma
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone