Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce’s (R-CA) bipartisan delegation today concluded its four-country trip to Africa after a visit to Sierra Leone.

In Freetown, the delegation met with President Julius Maada Bio, who was sworn in on April 4 following peaceful elections, U.S. Ambassador Maria Brewer and U.S. embassy staff.

“The U.S.-Sierra Leone relationship has long been rooted in shared values and heritage,” Chairman Royce said upon return to the states. “In recent years, the U.S. has stood side-by-side with Sierra Leone to help bring war criminal Charles Taylor to justice and stop the deadly spread of Ebola. Now we join Sierra Leoneans in looking toward a brighter tomorrow. I want to thank President Bio for welcoming us late on a Friday, and am encouraged by his reform agenda that starts with improving education.”