Presidents Francois Tombalbaye of Chad and Hamani Diori of Niger addressed a special session of Chad's National Assembly on Sunday (16 April) while President Diori was on a visit to Font Lamy.
Presidents Francois Tombalbaye of Chad and Hamani Diori of Niger addressed a special session of Chad's National Assembly on Sunday (16 April) while President Diori was on a visit to Font Lamy. The session came in the wake of an agreement between Chad and Libya to resume diplomatic relations. The agreement came last week after talks between representatives of the two countries which had been taking place in Niamey since the end of March.
Chad broke off relations with Libya last August, accusing the Libyans of interfering in Chad's internal affairs. President Diori mediated to bring the two sides together. The breach followed an abortive coup against Chad's President Tombalbaye. But a communique released when the two sides agreed to re-establish relations said Libya wasn't implicated in the coup.
In his speech to the National Assembly, President Diori described how the two sides worked to normalise diplomatic relations, and said the final decision was a fortunate result.
He said one factor leading to the successful conclusion of the talks was the high qualities of President Tombalbaye and Libya's Colonel Gaddafi.
President Tombalbaye thanked Niger's leader for his efforts on behalf of peace and understanding.
President Diori arrived in Fort Lamy on Saturday (15 April) shortly after President Tombalbaye had himself arrived from Niamey. Chad's head of state had stopped in Niamey after a four-day visit to Senegal. The two leaders began their talks immediately.