By Beltha Mokube – Monday March 18, 2019.
A top United States envoy who is visiting Cameroon, a Central African country wrapped in an armed conflict at the behest of Donald Trump, United States President has also held talks with Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella, National Telegraph has learned.
The Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, met with Mbella at the Ministry’s official office in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital on Monday March 18, 2019, accompanied by Peter Henry Barlerin, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon a source has confirmed to National Telegraph.
The two diplomats talked about bilateral relationship between the two countries, the arrest of Prof Maurice Kamto and the deteriorating armed conflict in the North West and South West Regions of the country, a source told National Telegraph.
“Foreign Minister Mbella Mbella and I had a constructive discussion today on areas of cooperation. I highlighted my concerns about the arrest of Kamto and others, encouraging #Cameroonto ensure due process, peaceful assembly, and freedom of speech, Tibor Nagy tweeted.
Prof Maurice Kamto, Chair of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) has been officially charged on eight (8) counts including facing a death penalty after he competed in the Cameroon’s Presidential Elections and went on to declare he won.
He later challenged the results at the country’s Constitutional Council where the Council’s ruling was considered by many Cameroonians as jaundiced and then called for a peaceful protest that the regime would later say he violated the law.
Tibor Nagy also met with Paul Biya, President of Cameroon at the Unity Palace, the official residence and offices of the Cameroonian President on Monday March 18, 2019, accompanied by Peter Henry Barlerin, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon.
The two officials according to our source, discussed trade and bilateral relationship between Washington and Yaounde. Also top on the agenda was the political situation in the French-speaking regions and the deteriorating armed conflict in the English-speaking Regions of Cameroon. Tibor also noted he was impressed with President Biya’s knowledge and wisdom.
Tibor Nagy arrived the Central African country of Cameroon on Saturday March 16, 2019 and held a first meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce in Douala on Sunday March 17, 2019 to discuss how to increase trade and investment between the United States and Cameroon, the US Embassy in Cameroon said in a statement.
The Assistant Secretary for African Affairs also visited Crelicam, an Ebony Processor owned by American guitar maker Taylor Guitars. The diplomat is expected to end his visit to Cameroon, Tuesday March 19, 2019 with high level talks with the US Ambassador to Cameroon and other US Embassy staff in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital.