KHARTOUM, 18 May 2021 – The new junta in Chad is working with neighboring Sudan and Niger to help disarm and demobilize Chadian rebels in neighboring Libya.
Interim junta leader, Mahamat Deby Itno aka Kaka along with his envoys have visited Niger, Sudan, and Nigeria in rapid succession over the last ten days.
Last Friday, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, pledged to help Chad “in any way possible,”.
“We are united by culture and geography, and we will help in any way we can. We will also help him ensure a smooth transition in 18 months, as he has promised his people,” Muhammadu Buhari was cited as saying by his special media advisor, Femi Adesina.
Buhari and Mahamat Deby Itno met at Aso Rock, the presidential palace in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
Chadian officials hope their work with neighbors can stop rebels with bases in Chad and in the border area with Niger from continuing their march on the Chadian capital, N’Djamena.
Sudan also seeks partnership to close down attacks by armed rebels in the western Sudanese region of Darfur.
“Nigerians know and appreciate the role Chad has played in helping us fight terrorism, and we will continue to collaborate,” the statement by Buhari added.
“We are ready to be guided by you on our way to constitutional government, ” Mahamat Idriss Deby told his Nigerian counterpart, reiterating his commitment to hold elections in 18 months.
President Idriss Deby was killed last April 19 while visiting Chadian soldiers fighting rebels on the country’s northern border with neighboring Libya.
Last Sunday, an envoy of the Chadian Transitional Military Council, Abdel-Karim Idris, met with the Sudanese minister of foreign affairs, Mariam Al-Mahdi.
The two parties discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries and how Chad could benefit from Sudan’s transitional experience, the Anadolu Agency reported Monday citing Sudan’s foreign ministry.
Chad says the rebels have training camps inside Libya under the supervision of militias loyal to one of Libya’s former army generals, Haftar.
Chadians are not the only mercenaries from Africa fighting in Libya.
A United Nations report released in February 2020 said mercenaries from the “Darfur” region were fighting in the ranks of Haftar’s militias in Libya, increasing the interest for Sudan to partner with Chad to implement a disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration program.