Chadian leader volunteers to talk to Niger coup leaders

President of Chad Mahamat Idriss Deby gestures as he arrives for a meeting over security in the Sahel region at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, November 12, 2021. The REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File

Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Deby has volunteered to speak to the military leaders in Niger and report back to Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, the chairman of West African regional bloc ECOWAS.

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Two Nigerian presidency sources confirming the development said on Sunday, July 30, 2023, that Deby met Tinubu on the sidelines of an emergency ECOWAS summit in Nigerian capital Abuja.

“The President of Chad at the bilateral meeting volunteered to go and talk to the junta in Niger and report back,” a presidency source told Reuters.