After several weeks of uneasy relations between Paris and N'Djamena, the French president spoke on the telephone with Mahamat Idriss Deby in mid-November. A main topic of conversation was how to get groups which did not sign the Doha peace agreement in August involved again in the national dialogue process.
The report on the situation in Chad, written by the AU Commission chair Moussa Faki, will be presented this Friday to the Peace and Security Council in his absence. It is a strongly worded text that essentially calls for the suspension of the country from the pan-African organisation.
With the Chadian transition looking like it will last well beyond the 18 months initially envisaged, Chad's interim leader has been taking flak from Paris and Washington, two of his main partners. He had to field a tense phone call from Emmanuel Macron last month, the so-called pre-dialogue in Doha is dragging on, and discontent is growing in his own camp.
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 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.