A few weeks after a visit to Nigeria, which resulted in the appointment of Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as Special Envoy with ministerial rank to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin region, the President of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Mahamat Idriss Déby, left N’Djamena on Wednesday morning for Luanda, Angola.
The president of the Transitional Military Council (CMT), General Mahamat Idriss Déby, is on a friendship and working visit to Luanda, Angola, to exchange views with President João Lourenço. The strengthening of bilateral cooperation and the monitoring of the progress of some agreements and projects will be at the centre of the exchanges between the leaders of the two countries, the president of the Chadian transition Mahamat Idriss Deby and João Lourenço.
According to information from the Angolan Presidency, Mahamat Idriss Déby and João Lourenço had a private meeting before lunch at the Presidential Palace. Afterwards, they shared an official lunch in the main hall of the residence of the Angolan head of state, who is also the acting president of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, which includes Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
This visit of Mahamat Idriss Déby comes in a very particular context. On Sunday, the Chadian government accused the Central African army of killing one soldier and abducting and executing five others during an attack on a Chadian military post, calling it a « war crime ».
On Tuesday, a joint statement was issued in which Chad and CAR asked the United Nations and the African Union to investigate the incident. Mahamat Idriss Déby is also expected to discuss the latest events with President João Lourenço, before returning to N’Djamena on Thursday morning.