FREETOWN, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Sierra Leone announced the reopening of its borders with Guinea on Tuesday, about a year after both countries closed their land borders to shield the COVID-19 pandemic.
The borders are slated to reopen on Thursday, said a communique signed by Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio and his Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde during their meeting in Guinea's capital Conakry.
The two sides further pledged to cooperate in tackling urgent public health issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Ebola.
"The two Heads of State expressed their satisfaction with the strategies by the two countries in the COVID-19 pandemic and reaffirmed their determination to coordinate their efforts in obtaining vaccines for their respective populations," it added.
The communique also contained a raft of bilateral agreements in various fields, including security, private investment and cultural exchanges.