Chad/meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and his Chadian counterpart
Paris, May 14, 2015
The French President spoke to Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno. He welcomed Chad’s achievement of Completion Point in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. The recent decision by the IMF’s Executive Board to this effect will enable Chad to benefit from debt cancellations, which are necessary to its development and to improving access there, particularly by rail.
On the eve of the signature of the inter-Malian peace agreement in Bamako on 15 May, the two presidents urged the groups to sign the agreement, and they paid tribute to the Malian government for all the efforts made. The two presidents emphasized the importance of the action by [Operation] Barkhane, whose headquarters is in N’Djamena.
Regarding Libya, the two presidents recalled their support for the United Nations’ mediation and signalled their concerns about the human tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea.
The French President welcomed the initial results from Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram, which have made it possible to reduce the group’s territorial hold and free several hundred hostages. He encouraged the countries of the region to continue working together, with the support of France and the international community.
The two heads of state welcomed the conclusions – particularly in terms of disarmament – of the Bangui Forum, which is a new step towards peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic.
Finally, the two presidents talked about climate issues, and in particular the future of Lake Chad.
The French President signalled his hope that the elections planned in Chad in 2016 will be prepared in transparent conditions./.