The UK Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for International Development, Harriet Baldwin, met Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang on February 13, 2018 to discuss the Commonwealth Summit taking place in London on April 19-23, 2018
The UK Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for International Development, Harriet Baldwin, met Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang on February 13, 2018 to discuss the Commonwealth Summit taking place in London on April 19-23, 2018.
The Prime Minister received the UK Minister on behalf of President Paul Biya as part of a working visit to Cameroon on February 12-14, in which the two politicians addressed a variety of issues.
They discussed the current problems facing the Cameroon government from separatists in the country’s Anglophone regions, with Minister Baldwin comparing the situation to the UK’s long history of separatist movements, notably Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Similarly, discussion was directed at ways to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the far north region of Cameroon.
Ways in which the UK collaborated with Cameroon regarding economic development areas and the African country’s business investments was also touched upon, and the UK Minister thanked the Cameroon government for its assurance on continued favourable trading terms between the two countries once Britain leaves the European Union.
Minister Baldwin ended the meeting with an invitation to the First Lady of Cameroon to attend the Wildlife Conference on Illegal Wildlife Crime in the UK in October 2018.
Cameroon is a former French territory and has been a member of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1995.
It is bordered by six other African nations and has French and English as its two official languages.
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