The West African nation of Sierra Leone on Tuesday opened its first embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara.

The opening ceremony was attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Sierra Leonean counterpart Nabeela Tunis.

“Pleased to inaugurate together w/my sister @NabeelaTunis the Embassy of friendly and brotherly #SierraLeone,” Cavusoglu said on Twitter.

Sierra Leone is the 36th African country to be represented in Turkey, he noted.

“Wishing that it will serve to further strengthen our cooperation,” Cavusoglu added.

On his Twitter account, Cavusoglu also shared photos from the ceremony.

The event took place after a joint news conference in which the two diplomats stressed the importance of enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries.

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