The Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service, Sir Simon McDonald has just completed an official visit to Cameroon.
He met with the Prime Minister and head of government, the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon, the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in charge of Relations with The Commonwealth, Ambassadors and Heads of Missions, civil society and the business community with whom he engaged in a comprehensive array of subjects of mutual interest.
The PUS also gave an update on UK’s departure from the EU and the future relations between UK and Cameroon post BREXIT.
Speaking about relationship between UK and Cameroon, Sir Simon McDonald said:
In 36 hours, colleagues at the British High commission in Yaounde opened a window on to Cameroon for me. The packed programme was informative and insightful. I got a feeling for the historic background to the Anglophone crisis and understand better the passion and suspicion of all sides as they approach the national dialogue. I could not have asked more from local and UK based colleagues in Cameroon.
This is the first ever visit by a Permanent Under-Secretary to Cameroon. It was also an opportunity for Sir McDonald to hand out six long service certificates to local staff of the British High Commission.