ecurity, Trade, Humanitarian Assistance: UK Renews Engagement With Cameroon
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director for Africa was yesterday received at the Star Building by Prime Minister Philemon Yang.
Relations between Cameroon and the United Kingdom are soaring higher with the 24-hour official visit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director for Africa, Neil Wigan Mbe, who yesterday October 4, 2016, held talks with Prime Minister Philemon Yang in Yaounde. Strengthening bilateral ties between both countries in the Security, commercial and humanitarian domains were discussed between the visiting British official, accompanied by the country’s High Commissioner to Cameroon, Brian Olley and PM Yang, who was assisted by his close aides.
At the end of over 45-minute audience, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director for Africa said Cameroon and the United Kingdom were already important partners. “We are looking forward to expand the size of our High Commission, to deepen commercial relations and strengthen our security cooperation,” Ambassador Wigan said. Britain’s exit from the European Union, he noted, will in no way affect the strong relations with Cameroon as the United Kingdom seeks to develop more political, economic and security relations with the rest of the world. Cameroon and the UK already have security cooperation which he said will be reinforced with partners like France and the United States of America. “We will also expand humanitarian assistance. We will make additional funds available to Cameroon to help refugees and displaced population,” he added. UK’s current commitment to Cameroon stands at FCFA 17 Billion for humanitarian assistance and FCFA 3.7 billion to the Multinational Joint Task Force, amidst several projects financed by UK Export Finance amongst others.