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Monrovia, Liberia: The President of the Republic, Dr. George Manneh Weah has underscored the importance of national peace and unity as critical pillars of national development and transformation.

Delivering a special statement on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the kickoff of the Bicentennial Celebration on the historic Providence Island, the President called on all citizens, irrespective of their social, political, and economic backgrounds to embrace the commemoration of Liberia’s 200 years of statehood towards strengthening national unity and peace.

The Bicentennial celebration is a yearlong event paying homage to Africa’s first republic which founding essentially began with the arrival of freed black slaves from the United States of America on what is now called Providence Island 200 years ago.

In the speech that mainly dwelled on national unity and reconciliation, President Weah called on Liberians to redouble their efforts to promote unity amongst Liberians, no matter where they reside.

He also encouraged all Liberians to make meaningful contributions to the nation-building process of the country.

“In Liberia, National Unity and Reconciliation is the cornerstone to all national development efforts, and is the basis for combating all forms of discrimination and exclusion,” the Chief Executive noted. “As a country which has emerged from a divided past and a recent civil war, it is our only option for survival and continuity as a nation.’

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