Michael S. Hoza, United States Ambassador to Cameroon, says peaceful dialogue which safeguards all voices, is the only way through which the government can attain development in Cameroon.
He made the statement in Yaoundé on April 27 after meeting with President Paul Biya.
While responding to questions from journalists after the indoor meeting, Ambassador Hoza said he and President Biya discussed on domestic developments of both countries which has affected bilateral relationships. He applauded Cameroon’s newly installed national bilingualism commission and encourage the government to use the country’s unique bilingual nature to step up its development.
The US diplomat said they agreed during the meeting that the best way forward is peaceful dialogue. “It is important to ensure that all voices feel respected, welcomed and listened to. Recently, we discussed the most important cooperation we have in the fight against the violent extremism in Cameroon’s far region and our continuous cooperation and determination to stand by Cameroon as an ally in the fight. We discussed most importantly the growing cooperation in the health sector to help fight diseases for the good of the Cameroonian people” he said.
Ambassador Hoza intimated that his country has put up a veritable effort in the fight against HIV/AIDS and engaged on many major health programs. To him, US heath investments in Cameroon have tripled within the last six years due to the will of both countries. “Our health cooperation has grown exponentially and we are willing to still step up our health financial investments in Cameroon. Cameroon’s health professionals are doing a good job and we are very pleased to work with them. Equally, the security assistance in the military program is equally growing exponentially. We are working with the Cameroon security forces in the fight against Boko Haram and maritime security in the coast through training and supply of equipment. We are proud to work with Cameroon’s professionals” he noted.