Chadian opponent Succès Masra's trip to Qatar over a month ago continues to weigh on the bilateral relations between Chad and the Gulf state, already at a low ebb despite efforts by Chad's foreign minister Mahamat Saleh Annadi to revive talks last week.
Germany has been highly critical in recent years of N'Djamena and the Déby regime, but in late September it shifted its foreign policy to supporting the transition process, and Angela Merkel has even spoken by telephone with Mahamat Idriss Déby.
Relations between N'Djamena and the AU's Moussa Faki Mahamat are at such a low ebb that they are undermining the organisation's ability to deal with the crisis in Chad. Various initiatives are being studied to up the pressure on the junta, which has failed to amend controversial clauses of the charter serving as the rulebook for the 18-month transition period supposed to lead to a democratic future.
Abderrahmane Hassan Déby Itno, a nephew of the late president Idriss Déby, has secured a long-haul business jet for the Chadian transitional authorities to travel around on official business. The low-profile businessman has long played an important role in public procurement.
President Idriss Déby's sudden death on 20 April has sent shockwaves throughout Chad and further afield, prompting France to raise its operation Bharkane to maximum alert. Officially, the leader was killed in combat fighting the Fact rebels, but many questions remain on the circumstances leading to his death.