DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Chad’s military government met with Qatar’s ruling emir on Saturday after months of talks between Chadian troops and rebel factions under the auspices of the Arab state.
Chadian General Mohammad Idriss Deby spoke with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Video of the Qatari royal family or Diwan showed Sheikh Tamim with the Qatari foreign minister, while a Chadian delegation accompanied Deby.
A later statement by the state-run Qatar News Agency quoted Sheikh Tamim as saying he supported “comprehensive national reconciliation in Chad”, saying ongoing talks between the military and rebels were the first step towards that goal. step.
Sheikh Tamim also reportedly wished Deby the best of luck at the upcoming National Dialogue in Chad’s capital N’Djamena on August 20. The talks were originally scheduled for May.
Talks between rebel factions and the military began in Qatar’s capital Doha in MarchDeby’s visit comes as diplomats hope the junta and rebel groups will sign a deal in Doha ahead of talks on Aug. 20.
But it is unclear whether the Front for Change and Concorde, the country’s main rebel group, Chad’s main rebel group, will sign the deal.The shady group known by the French acronym FACT has been blamed for the 2021 killing of longtime Chad president Idris Deby Itnohas ruled the country since 1990.
Mahamat Idriss Deby, the 38-year-old son of the slain president, heads the Transitional Military Council of Chad.
Other rebel groups involved in the Qatar talks include the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad and the Alliance of Forces for Democracy and Development. They called on Deby to announce that he would not run in any upcoming elections, although the junta insists this can only be decided in national dialogue talks.
Chad’s planned 18-month transition period will end in the next few months, putting renewed pressure on the two sides to reach an agreement. Chad was already frustrated with Deby’s father’s 30-year rule, leading to years of rebel uprisings in the former French colony bordering Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Libya, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan.
In July, Al Jazeera, Qatar’s satellite news network, reported that More than 20 rebel groups withdraw from Doha talks. They accused the junta of “harassment, intimidation, threats and disinformation” in the negotiations.
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