UN, Guinean leaders meet on development, post-Ebola recovery

2016-09-25 00:19:29 GMT2016-09-25 08:19:29(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday met with Guinean President Alpha Conde, and the two leaders discussed the economic development and post-Ebola recovery in the West African country.

During the meeting, "the secretary-general commended Guinea's efforts to promote economic development, implement key reforms in the security and justice sectors, and pursue post-Ebola recovery," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here.

On June 1, the World Health Organization declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in Guinea, one of the three West African countries hardest hit by the epidemic in 2014.

The secretary-general emphasised the importance of implementing the Political Agreement of 20 August 2015, including the holding of inclusive, credible and peaceful local elections, the spokesman said, adding that "he stressed the urgent need to prosecute those responsible for the 28 September 2009 violent incident at the stadium in Conakry," the capital of the country.

Meanwhile, the secretary-general also thanked Guinea for its role in finding a solution to the ongoing political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, and for its engagement in Mali as a member of the international mediation and a troop-contributing country, the spokesman added.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened here Tuesday and is set to end on Sept. 26.