Chad's New Military Ruler In Maiden Visit To Niger
Faizan Hashmi 3 months ago Mon 10th May 2021 | 06:42 PM
Chad's new leader, General Mahamat Idriss Deby, on Monday made his first visit to Niger, a fellow Sahel country fighting militant insurgents, since coming to power at the head of a military junta after the shock death of his father last month
Niamey, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th May, 2021 ) :Chad's new leader, General Mahamat Idriss Deby, on Monday made his first visit to Niger, a fellow Sahel country fighting militant insurgents, since coming to power at the head of a military junta after the shock death of his father last month.
He was then scheduled to head to the west of the country to meet Chadian troops deployed under a regional anti-militant mission.
Deby "came to see his troops (who are deployed) in Tera, and he used the occasion to hold talks" with Bazoum, the source said, without giving further details.
Chad has 1,200 troops in western Niger under a five-nation initiative, the G5 Sahel, aimed at pooling military resources to fight an expanding jihadist insurgency in the region.
The Chadian military has high standing in the region as a relatively well-equipped and -trained force.
Deby, in brief remarks to the Nigerien media, said, "We came here to affirm our friendship.
.. to thank President Bazoum for all his support since the death of Field Marshal (Deby). We also came to show our support for our forces in Tera." Thousands of people have been killed and more than a million have fled their homes since a revolt began in northern Mali in 2012 and spread to Burkina Faso and Niger in 2015.
The new junta appointed a transitional civilian government and promised to hold elections within 18 months.
Bazoum last month was named by the G5 Sahel as a "facilitator" between the new Chadian authorities and FACT.