World Bulletin/News Desk
President of Cameroon Paul Biya is set to pay an official visit on Tuesday in Ankara, the Turkish capital.
On an invitation by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Biya will visit Turkey -the first ever trip at the presidential level from Cameroon- along with 13 cabinet ministers and representatives of the private sector, Gul's press said in a statement on Saturday.
The statement said Cameroon was a leading country in Africa that pays efforts for integration in the region, adding, "Cameroon, as an active member of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC), is the host to Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (UMAC) and the Bank of Central African States (BEAC), bringing 6 countries of the region together. In the light of the rising importance of the country in the region, Turkish Airlines [Turkey's flag-carrier airline company] has started direct flights between Istanbul-Yaounde-Douala-Istanbul on December 20, 2012."
Biya's visit would serve to strengthen the relations between two countries and to discuss regional and international developments, the statement said.
In past five years, Gul paid official visits to ten countries in sub-saharan Africa and presidents of eleven countries of this region were officially received by Turkey.
Biya will proceed to Istanbul after a one-day stay in Ankara on Tuesday. In Istanbul he is expected to participate in the Turkish-Cameroonian Trade and Investment Forum.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mart 2013, 15:32