New York – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has pledged to continue the organization’s support for Liberia ahead of presidential and legislative elections in 2023.

During a meeting with President George M. Weah on Thursday, September 22, 2022, on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly, the UN chief also spoke about the lingering effects of Covid-19 and the impact it is having on economies around the world.

He stressed that poor countries, especially in Africa, are suffering the most, stressing that the global economic system has been unfair to poor countries, which has led to social unrest in some places, and this is “unacceptable”.

For his part, President Weah acknowledged the disadvantage Liberia and other developing countries find themselves in, including in the fight against climate change.

He said it was grossly unfair that poor countries that emit less harmful gases should bear the brunt of the crisis, and therefore called on the UN to develop global solutions that would treat all countries as equal partners.

The Liberian leader also complained about the frequency of coups in the ECOWAS region as he reiterated his position to colleagues not to exceed constitutional term limits.

He then called on the UN to play a more active role in maintaining regional peace and stability.

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