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Chadians and Sudanese take to prayers together

Posted by African Press International on March 31, 2007

Agadez (Niger) Chadian and Sudanese heads of state ; Idriss Déby Itno and Omar el Bashir have prayed together Friday evening in Agadez during a collective prayer session led by the Libyan leader, Mouammar Kadhafi, attended by other African heads of state, to celebrate Mawlud, the birthday of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH), APA has noted.

Presidents Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Amadou Toumani Toure, Ahmed Tejan Kaba and Mamadou Tanja, also participated in the prayer ceremony.

Since 2003, the Darfur region, at the border with Chad, has been the scenario of violence that caused thousands of casualties, particularly among the civilian population.

Chad and Sudan have been accusing each other, despite the mediation of the African Union and the deployment of security forces in Darfur.

Though Deby and el Bashir did not hug each other, they were however in the same assembly in two prayer sessions (Maghrib and Icha), led by the Libyan leader.

In his sermon, Mouammar Kadhafi urged Muslims “to strengthen their ties and endeavour to commemorate the seal of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH).

He also recommended the “return to origins” by making of the Holy Quran “the reference book par excellence”.

Mouammar Kadhafi prayed for “peace in the hearts of all children of Adam” for the triumph of truth”.

The commemoration of Mawlud in Agadez, Niger, was attended by thousands of believers from several countries, including six African heads of state.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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