By Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia :
Sierra Leone’s Charge d’ Affaires in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has
told the Saudi Arabian Sierra Leone Parliamentary Friendship Committee
that exchanging parliamentary visits between Saudi and Sierra Leone
parliamentarians can bolster interests of the two countries.
Mr. Umaru S. Dura made the remarks at a dinner organized by the
Friendship Committee of the Saudi Consultative Assembly (Shura
Council) at their headquarters in Riyadh last Monday.
The visits, the Charge d’ Affaires added, will boost Saudi Arabia –
Sierra Leone relations, notably between the Saudi Consultative Council
and the Sierra Leone Parliament.
Responding, Dr. Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Almeshari Al- Saud of Saudi
Arabia’s Consultative Assembly and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian
Sierra Leone Parliamentary Friendship Committee said he looks forward
to consolidating the bilateral relations between his country and
Sierra Leone with the view of sustaining the friendship bonds.
During the meeting, they discussed a number of topics and issues of
common concern between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sierra Leone,
including bilateral parliamentary relations between the two countries
and ways of enhancing them.
The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia also known as “Majlis
al-Shura” or “Shura” Council is the formal advisory body of Saudi
Arabia, which is an absolute monarchy. It has 150 members. Like the
Sierra Leone Parliament, the Saudi Consultative Assembly is headed by
a Speaker. The current Speaker is Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh.
The Consultative Assembly is based in the Al Yamamah Palace in the