The first ever meeting between the two leaders took place at the offices of Joseph DEISS at the UN Headquarters in New York, and lasted over 25 minutes. President Paul BIYA was accompanied to the encounter by some of the Ministers who are part of his delegation to New York: Henri EYEBE AYISSI, Martin BELINGA EBOUTOU, Réne SADI, Victor MENGOT, and Louis Paul MOTAZE.
By the end of the meeting, there was a noticeable great friendship between President Paul BIYA and Joseph DEISS. Talking at the end of the audience, Jean Victor NKOLO, spokesperson of the President of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly said that Joseph DEISS was very pleased to have met with President Paul BIYA, and for the support he is giving to the United Nations. He indicated that the discussions between the two leaders dwelt on the necessity to build strong partnerships between developed and developing nations so as to advance the Millennium Development Goals.
The two men also talked on the reform of the Security Council of the United Nations. President Paul BIYA expressed the position of Africa on this matter, saying that Africa had to have at least one permanent member in the council. The spokesperson also revealed to the press that President Paul BIYA had invited Joseph DEISS to visit Cameroon, and this decision had been accepted.
Mr. Joseph DEISS is of Swiss nationality and has held several positions in his country, including the President of the Confederation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He headed the team that fought for Switzerland to join the United Nations.
After the audience, President Paul BIYA went back to the work of the High Level meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, where he listened to speeches by other world leaders, including the President of the United States of America, Barack OBAOMA. It should be recalled that President Paul BIYA made his address to this same meeting two days ago.