The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean -Yves le Drian has been received in audience by the President of the Republic.
During the discussions; relations between Cameroon and France came under review.
In an interview at the end of the meeting, the French Foreign Affairs Minister saluted the holding of the Major National Dialogue to solve the crisis in the North West and South West regions.
The close of the audience, was marked by exchange of gifts between the President of the Republic and the French Foreign Minister.
President Paul Biya offered a sculptured royal pipe reminiscent of Cameroonian culture to his guest before honouring him with the distinction of grand officer of the Cameroonian order of Valour. The French Foreign Minister reciprocated the gifts with a volume of books on French History.
The two day visit of the French official began at about midday this Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 when his plane landed at the Yaounde Nsimalen Airport.
The visit of Jean Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs comes two weeks after his first meeting with President Paul Biya. The Foreign Minister was with French President Emmanuel Macron on 10th October 2019 during the maiden encounter between President Paul Biya and the French leader in Lyon, France.
He was accompanied to the Unity Palace by the French Ambassador to Cameroon. During the over one hour audience President Paul Biya and his guest discussed on a wide range of issues of interest to both countries that share historic multinational relations.
The French Diplomat told CRTV at the end of the audience that France seeks to support Cameroon’s appeasement efforts set in motion following the holding of the Major National Dialogue. “We can help because we have the experience and also because we have experience sustained decentralisation for many years.”
He was welcomed by Cameroon’s Minister of Communication and Government’s Spokesperson, Rene Emmanuel Sadi. The second day of the visit will be marked by meetings with some Cabinet Ministers and Civil Society Organizations.