More than two months after preliminary peace talks opened in Doha, with Qatar's help, N'Djamena has finally managed to obtain a date for the end of discussions with the rebel groups, and hopes that this will lead to an agreement.
The US State Department is taking a close interest in the talks taking place in Doha between Chad's armed groups and the ruling junta. Following the visit made to N'Djamena at the end of March by assistant secretary of state for African affairs Molly Phee, it has sent a team to Doha to follow the talks.
With the utmost discretion, the Chadian government has sent a team of generals to Doha to try to garner support within the rebels. One of their key targets is Timan Erdimi, nephew to the late Idriss Déby and a powerful figure among the Chadian rebellions of the last two decades.
As preliminary negotiations on Chad's national reconciliation continue in Doha, Egypt, which did not seek to have any role in the mediation, has found itself at heart of the affair. The 2020 arrest of a Chadian rebel leader's brother in Cairo has complicated matters.
The inter-Chadian preliminary dialogue, which had been postponed several times, finally got underway on 13 March. A host of key protagonists, curious to see how Qatar would find the means to reach a deal, came to the meeting.
The visit of Chad's interim president to Doha last week sped up the appointment of officials to the Chadian embassy there, which in recent years had been run by a chargé d'affaires. With many topics to cover, the embassy is likely to be busy over the next few months.
Breaking news published on 10/09/21 at 12:00 p.m. - The very strategic visit, first scheduled on July, of Chad's transition leader Mahamat Idriss Déby to Qatar will take place this weekend following two months of negotiations.
The Transitional Military Council, in power since the death of Idriss Deby, is worried about several Chadian rebel groups active in the Fezzan region of southern Libya. Chad is urgently trying to boost its firepower and wants help from Libya and Niger.