Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his Sierra Leonean counterpart Julius Maada Bio held talks at which they discussed a range of issues, his office said on Tuesday.
The two leaders held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the on-going 74th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, United States.
The Zambian leader told his Sierra Leonean counterpart that it was time Africa claimed its place on the UN Security Council and called for cooperation from all African states to fight for reforms of the UN especially the Security Council.
Africa, he said, needs to promote intra-talks before trading outside the continent and also called for enhanced value addition to African raw materials.
According to him, Africa will only prosper if there was peace on the continent.
On his part, the Sierra Leonean leader agreed with the Zambian leader that Africa needs permanent representation on the UN Security Council.
“Africa cannot afford not to be represented with 1.2 billion people,” he said.
He further called for resuscitation of diplomatic relations between the two countries for the mutual benefit of the people.
He said a Zambian firm, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, is constructing a power station in that country. Enditem