Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) failed to convince the Rwandan army to buy its Anka attack drones. Undeterred, the Turkish defence manufacturer is pursuing its sales offensive in Central Africa, starting with Cameroon.
General Idriss Amine Ahmed launched a plan to modernise Chad's air force attack capabilities several months ago, but it is still waiting for delivery of its Turkish Hurkus light attack planes. A plan to arm its Cessna aircraft, which was blocked by Belgian authorities, is also delayed.
The recent report by the UN group of experts looks into allegations that the Congolese army is collaborating with the Mai-Mai and the FDLR in its battle against the M23, which has made considerable territorial gains of late.
The Rwandan president Paul Kagame has opened up to a number of his counterparts about his country's ties with the M23. But Western capitals, not least France, remain circumspect, and Kigali currently has the upper hand diplomatically over an increasingly isolated Tshisekedi.