On his way to Saudi Arabia President Seyni Kountche of Niger stopped over briefly in the Chad capital of N'djamena last week (3 January).
On his way to Saudi Arabia President Seyni Kountche of Niger stopped over briefly in the Chad capital of N'djamena last week (3 January). During his visit he offered his best wishes to the people for prosperity and peace.
SYNOPSIS: As President Kountche's plane arrived Chad President Felix Malloum and his new Prime Minister, former Frolinat rebel Chief Hissene Habre, were waiting to greet him. Chad's military government was dissolved in August last year and replaced with a joint political commission pledged to work towards democracy and reconciliation with all opposition groups.
During his visit President Kountche said Niger would "participate in all that was happening in Chad". He added that the country had been through a period of agitation, but had recently taken a stop towards peace. He warned, however that this could only be achieved if all Chad citizens were reconciled, regardless of their origins or political persuasions.
President Kountche also had long talks with President Malloum and Monsieur Habre. Chad is one of the world's poorest nations and has been embroiled in a civil war between the central government and Libyan-backed rebels in the north for some time.