21, September 2017
The absence of President Biya during a restricted meeting that held yesterday Wednesday September 20, 2017 in New York between some African Heads of State and US President Donald Trump did not go unnoticed.
During the 72nd regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Donald Trump invited African heads of state to a dinner on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 and reportedly had a restricted encounter with his African counterparts.
The 85 year old French Cameroun dictator who arrived the US since Sunday September 17, 2017 in New York for the 72nd regular session of the general assembly of the United Nations, was conspicuously absent. Mr. Biya’s absence has provoked a wave of interpretations both at home and abroad.
For some French Cameroun opposition figures, it is a complete and total failure of Cameroonian diplomacy under the leadership of a man referred to as the dean of the Heads of State of the Central Africa sub region. For President Paul Biya acolytes, there is no need making a mountain out of an aunt hill as President Trump is free to choose his guests for a closed circle meeting.
CRTV journalists covering the Cameroonian delegation who had announced the presence of the Cameroonian head of state at the snack offered by Donald Trump have not yet published to explain Paul Biya’s mock absence yesterday at this high level meeting.
Cameroon Concord News understands US President Trump hosted namely Ivorian Alassane Ouatara, Guinean Alpha Condé, Senegalese Macky Sall, South African Jacob Zuma, Nigerian Mohammadou Buhari, Ghanaian Nana Ado Akufo. These leaders are all from countries where power has been changing hands.
By Chi Prudence Asong, CCN