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On 31 Chinese Alleged of Illicit Mining Issue
2018-07-25 18:00

Lately, the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone has taken note of local news report about the arrest of thirty-one(31) Chinese nationals allegedly involved in illicit gold mining, about which we express our serious concern. Currently, the Embassy has been in close contact with the Sierra Leonean police and relevant departments. The Chinese side fully respects the Sierra Leonean judicial sovereignty and law enforcement rights and urges the Sierra Leonean side to carry out relevant investigation on the basis of facts as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Chinese side demands that the Sierra Leonean side effectively protects the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals involved. It is hoped that all parties do not listen to rumors and false information while the investigation is ongoing, with a view to contributing to the friendly and cordial relationship and cooperation between China and Sierra Leone.

The Chinese side hereby wishes to reiterate once again we are always opposed to illicit mining activities of all descriptions and is willing to work with the Sierra Leonean side to put an end to the illicit mining activities, and maintain good communication and collaboration.

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