Chad Welcomes Dialogue with Rebel Groups in Libya

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The Head of the Transitional Military Council in Chad, Mohamed Idris Deby confirmed that a national dialogue between all Chadian movements will start next month in the Qatari capital, Doha.

Regarding the fate of the Chadian armed groups present in Libya, he said that these movements are welcome to return and participate in state-building, “provided that they are disarmed on the borders.”

Deby stated that he believed the solution in Libya must be Libyan-led, and that all foreign fighters and mercenaries should leave the country and allow the people to determine their future.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced last week that it has decided to close the common southern borders with Chad and Sudan until further notice, according to the Subul Al-Salam Brigade of the General Command of the LNA.

The Subul Al-Salam Brigade also called on vehicle and truck drivers to abide by this decision, “to preserve their safety at the present time.”

Earlier, Kingabe Ogouzeimi de Tapol, a spokesman for the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), said that there are many Chadian rebels still present in Libya.

In an interview with the Italian news agency Nova, de Tapol expressed his regret that elections were not held in Libya, where there are many Chadian rebels.

“They understand the need to return,” de Tabol said, referring to Chadian militants in Libya. “In the past, we were in Libya to fight ISIS, but today we know that we must go back to our country.”

According to NOVA, there are still many Chadian militants present in Libya because of the impossibility of their return to Chad, as they are exposed in Chad to continuous bombings and air surveillance. De Tabol stressed that Chadian militants “are not present in Libya to support one party against another.”