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Biya, CEMAC leaders pledge allegiance to new French President

Cameroon’s President Biya and his Central African counterparts have, in separate messages, pledged allegiance to Emmanuel Macron, newly elected French president who took office on May 14. Most of these leaders in the Central African sub-region have been in power ever since the 39-year old French President was a boy.

President Biya, in a message of congratulations, told the French leader that he is available to maintain the long relationship that has existed between France and Cameroon. He also said he is ready to open new horizons for the bilateral cooperation which he said is rooted in history and a long friendship between both countries.

Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo also wrote; saying he is determined to leave no stone unturned in reinforcing fraternal and friendly relations and cooperation between France and his country. This, he said, he will do in the interests of his countrymen and that of French citizens.

Ali Bongo, President of Gabon, for his part, wrote to the French leader noting that the relationship between France and his country is very important. He said he is “totally available” to work towards the consolidation of the diverse partnerships that exists between both countries.

Idriss Deby Itno, Chadian Head of State, in his message said he and Chadian citizens are reassuring President Macron of their attachment to the spirit of friendship and cooperation that characterise the “excellent relations that exist between Chad and France” He also expressed his commitment to work towards consolidating the bilateral relations that exist between both countries.

Faustin Archange Touadera, President of war-torn Central African Republic also wrote to the French president in the wake of his election. He said he is sure that relations between his country and France will grow stronger during Macron’s mandate as leader of the French.

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