WASHINGTON

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for unity Thursday among Security Council members in the face of the global coronavirus crisis. 

Speaking at the international body’s first meeting on the matter, Guterres said the engagement of the Security Council will be “critical” to mitigate the peace and security implications of the pandemic.

“Indeed, a signal of unity and resolve from the Council would count for a lot at this anxious time,” he said via teleconference. “To prevail against the pandemic today, we will need to work together.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft called for “complete transparency” and

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