How to explain the rapprochement of President Touadéra with Chad?



Four heads of state from 11 member countries participated in this 8th extraordinary summit of ECCAS: Faustin Archange Touadéra (G) from Central Africa, Idriss Deby from Chad, Ali Bongo who hosts the summit and Paul Kagame from Rwanda.  (Illustrative image)


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Four heads of state from 11 member countries participated in this 8th extraordinary summit of ECCAS: Faustin Archange Touadéra (G) from Central Africa, Idriss Deby from Chad, Ali Bongo who hosts the summit and Paul Kagame from Rwanda. (Illustrative image)

The Central African authorities have multiplied in recent days the messages of appeasement vis-à-vis Chad. Latest episode, a press release released Tuesday by the government to reassure its good relations with its neighbor. How to explain this declared desire for rapprochement? Explanations.

With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence morice

There was first this visit last Monday from the President of the National Assembly of the Central African Republic to Idriss Deby, followed the next day by a government press release. Each time with the same message: Bangui denies having accused its neighbor of being responsible for the presence of mercenaries “ of Chadian origin ”Within the rebellion which agitates the country.

All this is only “ rumors “And” manipulations “To tarnish the relationship between two countries” brothers », One explains in Bangui. This desire to suddenly display a perfect understanding contrasts with the mutual mistrust often expressed behind the scenes by the authorities of these two countries, but this is explained by the ” context “, According to diplomatic sources.

The Central African Republic recently requested the support of its neighbors to send reinforcements to fight the rebellion. Angola would be in line to send troops, but ” sets conditions “, Explains a diplomat, in particular that Bangui” smooth out relations with neighbors ». « President Touadéra cannot do without a heavyweight like Chad to restore peace », Replies another diplomat.

Especially since he is already in trouble with his Congolese neighbor Denis Sassou-Nguesso, currently at the head of ECCAS, the Economic Community of Central African States. This has seriously slowed down the process of appointing a regional mediator in the country so far.

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