Security cooperation at the center of a visit to Mahamat

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The President of the Chadian Transitional Military Council, General Mahamat Idriss Déby, concluded a two-day visit to Sudan on Monday, August 30. The discussion menu includes economic cooperation and especially military and security cooperation.

as reported from Khartoum, Eliott Brachet

Mahamat Idriss Déby arrived in Khartoum with a high-level delegation to discuss mainly security issues, and in particular border control with its northern neighbor, Libya. Chad and Sudan, which share a 1,300-kilometer border, are both going through a delicate transition period in which the military still holds power.

Just a few days later the visit of Moussa al-Kone, Vice-President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Ndjamena and Khartoum want to reactivate an agreement ratified in June 2018 between Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger.

This agreement provided for the deployment of joint troops at their borders to combat human trafficking, migration and attacks by armed groups. And it is this last point that worries General Mahamat Idriss Déby in Chad. The hordes of recruited, trained and armed mercenaries in Libya, funded by foreign powers, pose a serious threat to regional stability, the Chadian presidency said.

In Khartoum, Idriss Déby’s heir also visited Mohamed Hamdan Dogolo, alias “Hemeti”, a relative of his father. Hemeti is the commander of the rapid support forces of a paramilitary unit derived from the Janjaweed militias responsible for many crimes in Darfur, on the Chadian border.

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