President Ernest Koroma returned home Saturday after paying visits to Guinea, Liberia and Burkina Faso.
The first port of call was Guinea where he was received at the Gbessia International airport by the Guinean Prime Minister Lansana Kouyateh, and they both drove to the Presidential palace where President Koroma met with the Guinean President Lansana Conte.
Afterwards the President held discussions with the Guinean Prime Minister, ending with the issuance of a communiqué in which both Heads of State emphasized the continuation of the brotherly ties between the two countries.
Before leaving, President Koroma drove down to the Sierra Leone Embassy in Guinea where he was met by thousands of Sierra Leoneans.
For our correspondent, who is a long time Guinea resident, this was the first time any Sierra Leonean President had ever visited the Sierra Leone Embassy.
Leaving Guinea, President Koroma flew over to Liberia where he was met at the airport by President Johnson-Sirleaf.
The two leaders held discussions on a range of issues including trade and commerce, peace building and the promotion of good governance and democracy.
In a Joint Communiqué issued at the end of the visit, the two leaders also pledged to fully support each other on matters of sovereignty, territorial integrity, stability, peace and development.
President Koroma ended by inviting President Johnson-Sirleaf to pay a visit to the country at a date to be agreed upon by the two countries.
The President then flew over to Burkina Faso where he spent the night and returned on Saturday to a tumultuous welcome in the city by pedestrians and okada boys who drove at break neck speed behind the convoy displaying all sorts of dangerous acrobatics.
Not much has been revealed about the Burkina Faso visit and efforts to get the spokesman to comment proved futile before we went to press.