President Gul welcomes Cameroonian President
President Abdullah Gul has welcomed Cameroonian President Paul Biya with formal ceremony at the presidential Cankaya Palace yesterday in the capital Ankara. Biya and his wife paid an official visit to Turkey upon the invitation of Gul. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag and National Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz also attended the ceremony. Following their tete-a-tete meeting, Gul and Biya held a joint press conference. Cameroonian President Biya praised Turkey on its efforts to strengthen bilateral ties with African states, which are based on "win-win politics." In his address expressing gratitude to President Gul for his invitation, Biya said he was pleased with the Turkish state's hospitality. "Both my visit to Turkey and Mr. Gul's visit to Cameroon are an asset in boosting the bilateral relations between our countries," Biya said. Biya thanked to Turkey for its assistance during a flood disaster in the northern part of Cameroon in September 2012. Biya added that they discussed bilateral relations deeply and signed several agreements in the fields of tourism, diplomacy, defense and energy during the meeting. "All these are the signs of having a beautiful future in our relations," Biya said. When he was asked about peace process and wise men commission during the press conference, Gul said consolidation of peace and brotherhood in Turkey was important. "No doubt, disarmament is essential for the solution," Gul said.