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Cameroon : official visit of the Secretary General of La Francophonie

Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) arrived in Cameroon on the evening of Thursday, May 23, 2019, as part of a 48-hour working visit. A hearing with the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, is scheduled this Friday
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05/24/2019 - 19:44
Mike Biya
Rédacteur cameroun-online

Arriving in Cameroon Thursday evening, Louise Mushikiwabo was greeted at Yaounde Nsimalen airport by Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Nguté. The Secretary General of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) thus began a two-day working visit to Cameroonian lands, "at the invitation of the Head of State, Paul Biya".

This is the first official visit of the new leader of the OIF, since her election in October 2018 and taking office in early January 2019. An election to which Cameroon had weighed all its weight by leading an active diplomacy, with a view to its designation. The former Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs could also seize this opportunity to "thank Cameroon for its support in the recent election of the head of the Francophonie," says public radio CRTV.

If for the time being, neither the contents of this official visit and even less the subjects on the menu of the exchanges were communicated by the Cameroonian diplomacy, the strong moments of its program are known. After meeting with the Head of Government Thursday night, the successor of Mickael Jean was received in audience on Friday morning by the Minister of External Relations.

The highlight of this working visit, Louise Mushikiwabo will be received at the Palace of Unity by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, this Friday at 13 hours. Subsequently, a luncheon will be given in honor of the distinguished guest, by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Joseph Dion Nguté.

On the menu of its discussions with the Cameroonian authorities, should appear the major issues of the day in Cameroon. At the forefront, the security challenges facing Cameroon on several fronts. The separatist conflict and the humanitarian crisis in the northwestern and southwestern regions should be addressed. A socio-political conflict that weakens the living-together of a people torn under the pretext of cleavages between Francophones and Anglophones.

An issue that had already challenged the previous Secretary General of the OIF. "The current tensions in these regions of Cameroon are very worrying. Violence must never be an option to be heard, "said Mickael Jean, in a statement on October 2, 2017, in the early hours of violence between separatist armed groups and the regular army in the region.

The official position of the Francophonie was therefore already to encourage the parties to "privilege, in all circumstances, peaceful ways and dialogue at a time when Cameroonians and Cameroonians are more than ever determined to keep together the course on the growth and stability of their country ". Louise Mushikiwabo should align herself with this position and once again call on the Government and the secessionist rebels to lay down their arms, with a view to an inclusive dialogue, for a peaceful way out of the crisis.

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