Cameroon-Chad : Forging Greater Unity Against Terrorism

President Paul Biya on February 18, 2021 had State House discussions with the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of Chad, Ahmad Abakar Adjid.

The special envoy of President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad at the State House in Yaounde on February 18, 2021 handed to President Paul Biya of Cameroon a message focused on fostering bilateral cooperation ties between Cameroon and Chad, security and the fight against terrorism.
The Special envoy, Ahmad Abakar Adjid, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of Chad told the press after their discussions that they focused on fostering bilateral relations, security and the fight against terrorism. President Paul Biya and the envoy of his Chadian counterpart used the occasion to seek ways of forging greater unity in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist sect which is the common enemy of the two countries. Cameroonian and Chadian defence and security forces within the framework of the Multinational Joint Task Force are fighting the Boko Haram terrorist sect that attacked the two countries in the Lake Chad Region.  The two countries besides the Boko Haram terrorist fighters also face a series of security challenges along their 1,094 km long common borders.
Diplomatic ties between the brotherly and friendly countries date back to 1960. Cameroon and Chad besides, being members of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) and Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) with binding economic relations, also have deep bilateral economic ties. Chad is a landlocked country and depends on the Douala-N’Djamena and Kribi-N’Djamena Corridors for the transit of goods from the coast to the different parts of the country. For some years now, Chad is a petroleum producing country and its crude oil reaches the Atlantic Ocean from Doba through the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline whose terminal is in Kribi, South Region of Cameroon.  Cameroon exports to Chad food crops such as bananas, rice, Irish potatoes, pears and products of basic necessity such as detergents. Chad on its part, exports cows and groundnuts to Cameroon. A high flux of students is noticeably reported between the two countries with Chadian studies studying in Cameroon’s public and private higher institutions of learning.

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