Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean president, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has praised Libyan leader, Col.
Moammar Kadhafi for ensuring the membership of Sierra Leone in CEN-SAD, and efforts exerted by him toward the attainment of African unity.
He wished to see Sierra Leone contribute to the development of the African continent through its membership in CEN-SAD.
Kabbah made the remarks Sunday during a visit at the Tripoli headquarters of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), where he held discussions with Dr Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari, secretary general of CEN-SAD.
He urged authorities at the Bank of Sahelo-Saharan States to contribute efficiently, through development projects in CEN-SAD member countries, to increase trade exchanges that will help alleviate the high charges on credit drawn by foreign banks only to hinder the smooth-running of the African economy.
Earlier, Al-Azhari explained to President Kabbah the activities of the regional institution, especially in ensuring security as well as political and social stability.
Benin, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Chad, Togo and Tunisia are members of CEN-SAD.
More than 350 million people inhabit the area of the sub-regional grouping which covers half of the continent's surface area, from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, through the Mediterranean Sea.