MONROVIA, Jan. 24 (LINA) – Liberian President , Dr. George Manneh Weah, is calling on West African leaders to remain resolved in combating the deadly coronavirus pandemic, and the scourges of violent extremism and terrorism as well as human trafficking.
Dr. Weah said many West African citizens have died from these vices which have also disrupted the economies and livelihoods of people in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region.
President Weah pledged Liberia’s unwavering support in playing its role to promote peace and security in the region.
The Liberian Leader made the call on Saturday, 23 January 2021, when he made remarks at the ECOWAS 58th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government via videoconference.
The Liberian Chief Executive urged his colleagues to redouble their efforts in tackling the threats also posed by insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea due to piracy and other related crimes.
President Weah commended the Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his steadfast and proactive leadership being exhibited to resolve the crises in the region, including Mali, The Gambia and Guinea Bissau.
“The democratic credentials of our region have been further consolidated by the holding of peaceful and democratic elections,” President Weah said, congratulating recent victors in the region, including Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire; Prof. Alpha Conde of Guinea and Roch Marc Christain Kabore of Burkina Faso.
The Liberian Chief Executive wished each of them success in delivering sustainable development, peace, unity and prosperity for the good of their respective countries.
This year’s ordinary session was chaired by Ghana’s president and was also addressed by ECOWAS Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Brou; Moussa Faki -Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union and Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Commerce Minister Mawine Diggs, Minister of State Without Portfolio Trokon Kpui, Maritime Commissioner Lenn Eugene Nagbe and Presidential Press Secretary Isaac Solo Kelgbeh formed a part of the President’s delegation to the virtual summit.