Cameroon – Diplomacy: Paul Biya is the African leader who makes the least number of official trips abroad.

Written by Deckson N.

According to Jeune Afrique, the president of Cameroon is the African leader who makes the least number of official trips abroad.

He is often said to be reserved. We will now know that he is a house-keeper. Paul Biya is the African Head of State with the fewest official visits abroad. The revelation is from Jeune Afrique. Using this information, La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) of 15 December reports that the current lessee of Etoudi made only two official trips in 2016.

The first in May during a trip to Abuja, Nigeria. The second in September in New York in the United States to take part in the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. And Paul Biya did not move for nothing. LNE said that on his way to Nigeria, the Cameroonian president was preparing with his Nigerian counterpart Muhamadu Buhari, the regional summit of 14 May on the strategy to be put in place to end the terrorist group Boko Haram.

During the last GA of the UN, Paul Biya took advantage of his intervention on 22 September to again ask questions to which he attaches a prize, in particular that of sustainable development. If he left Cameroon outside the two aforementioned trips, it was to make his private stays in Europe. Like Paul Biya, other heads of state preferred to stay at home in 2016. In this register, Joseph Kabila of DR Congo, who did not officially go out more than 6 times and Burundian Pierre Nkurunziza, certainly because of The political situation in his country.

If Paul Biya is a homemaker, his neighbor Idriss Deby is a real globe-trotter. The Chadian president is by far the most African leader who has carried out official visits throughout the past year. Deby Itno has traveled 37 times in Yaounde, Abuja, Addis Ababa, Paris and so on. These are also sometimes linked to his status as President-in-Office of the African Union, notes our colleague.

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