Focus FRANCEQATARCHAD Africa Intelligence 11/03/2019

Chad: France and Qatar negotiate in secret over Idriss Deby's future

The guerilla force currently laying siege to the regime of Idriss Deby is being directed from Doha by his nephew, Timan Erdimi. The situation is acutely embarrassing for the Chadian president but also for Paris, which is allies with Qatar but is fighting alongside the Chadian army against the rebellion. For some weeks now, the French government has been trying to marshal all the influence at its disposal to oblige the Emir of Qatar to keep tighter control over his turbulent Chadian guest.
Idriss Deby wants to end the maneuvers of his nephew Timan Erdimi, refugee in Qatar.
Idriss Deby wants to end the maneuvers of his nephew Timan Erdimi, refugee in Qatar. ©Reuters
The guerilla force currently laying siege to the regime of Idriss Deby is being directed from Doha by his nephew, Timan Erdimi. The situation is acutely embarrassing for the Chadian president but also for Paris, which is allies with Qatar but is fighting alongside the Chadian army against the rebellion. For some weeks now, the French government has been trying to marshal all the influence at its disposal to oblige the Emir of Qatar to keep tighter control over his turbulent Chadian guest.
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