General Mahamat Idriss Deby, president of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) of Chad, has arrived in Niamey, the capital of Niger, where he met with the Head of State Mohamed Bazoum. What is the purpose of this trip of the new strong man of Chad?
General Mahamat Idriss Deby, President of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) of Chad, went to Niamey, Niger, on Monday, May 10, 2021, on a working visit. After being welcomed by Niger’s Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou on his arrival at Niamey’s Diori Hamani International Airport, Chad’s new strongman was received by President Mohamed Bazoum in his palace.
« We are here to affirm our friendship and to salute President Bazoum for all his support since the death of President Déby … We have also come to visit the Chadian contingent of the G5 Sahel force and present our condolences following the death of President Idriss Déby, supreme leader of the army, » Mahamat Idriss Deby told the press.
As he said, the president of the Transitional Military Council went to Tera, a town in Niger located in the Liptako-Gourma, bordering Burkina Faso, where the Chadian contingent of the G5 Sahel force is positioned, with several thousand soldiers experienced in the fight against terrorism.
This meeting between Mahamat Idriss Déby, who heads the Chadian transition, and the head of state of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, is not accidental. Indeed, last April, on the sidelines of the funeral of the late leader Idriss Déby, President Mohamed Bazoum and his Mauritanian counterpart Mohamed Ould El-Ghazaouani had been appointed by the G5 Sahel countries as mediators in the Chadian crisis.