His Most Eminent Highness Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre Del Tempio Di Sanguinetto, Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, was received on arrival at the State House by the Chief of State Protocol, Simon Pierre Bikele and the Director of Civil Cabinet, Samuel Mvondo Ayolo. The two state house officials lead the special guest of the President of the Republic to the third floor of the Unity Palace for the Summit meeting with President Paul Biya.
The over an hour long, cordial and production exchange between President Paul Biya and the visiting Grande master focused on a wide range of issues of common concern especially in the area of humanitarian activities and health care delivery to the under privileged.
The Grand Master promised more assistance to Cameroon especially through the St John hospital in Njombe which is amongst the health facilities symbolizing cooperation with the Order of Malta in the Health Sector.
The high level discussions between the two personalities, who have a strange attachment to catholic Christian values, rekindled the excellent bilateral and diplomat ties that bind Cameroon and the Sovereign Order of Malta since 1961.
Bilateral relations have been marked by a high level exchange visits including that for the former Grand Master in 2006, the signing of a number of cooperation agreements and development projects financed by the order of Malta in Cameroon.
In the health Domain the Order of Malta opened the Saint John of Malta hospital in Njumbe in the Littoral region and the Mokolo health centre in the Far North region. It also provides cooperation assistance to the Chantal Biya Foundation and gives a yearly six billion CFA francs assistance package to some health facilities in Cameroon.
Humanitarian actions that prompted Cameroon’s First Lady Chantal Biya to express gratitude to the Order of Malta, especially for the assistance in the treatment of Children suffering from cancer at the Chantal Biya Foundation.
During the audience both leaders also renewed their commitment to intensify humanitarian activities and better the living conditions of displaced populations as the refugee situation and the need to step up humanitarian effort become more pressing.
At the close of the audience, the Grand Master was elevated to the distinction of Grande Cross of the national orders for valor of Cameroon offered by President Paul Biya.
His Most Eminent Highness Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre Del Tempio Di Sanguinetto also exchanged gifts with Cameroon’s first couple Paul Biya and Chantal Biya before living the Unity Palace