Barack Obama: To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
Paul Biya: Today, January 20, 2009, Mr. Barack Obama is being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. It is a historic moment which is full of symbolic significance and which raises great expectations.
On this occasion, I am very pleased to renew to him, on behalf of the Government and people of Cameroon, my warm congratulations, as well as my sincere wishes for every success in his duties.
The world today faces many challenges, such as armed conflicts, poverty, major endemic diseases, climate change and a particular severe financial crisis. These old and new challenges come to remind all our states of the urgent need for joint and concerted action. Today, the community of nations can count on the leadership of the United States of America to rise to these challenges.
As you are aware, Cameroon and the United States of America are bound by longstanding, solid, and mutually beneficial cooperation and friendship ties based on mutual understanding... our two countries share the same attachment to democracy and the rule of law.
Under the tenure of President Barack Obama, may the relations between the United States of America and Cameroon continue to grow from strength to strength. For my part, I wish here to assure you of my determination to continue to strive towards achieving this goal.
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