President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad has been visiting Libya. His visit symbolises the new, close?
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Background: President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad has been visiting Libya. His visit symbolises the new, close friendship between the two nations. Relations had been strained for some time, following an abortive coup in Chad's capital, Fort Lamy, which led to accusations of Libyan interference and the expulsion of Libya's Charg??? D'Affaires. But recently Libya has renewed her former friendship with her southern neighbour - to such an extent that Chad has broken off all links with Israel and aligned with the Arab cause. President Tombalbaye arrived in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on Wednesday (20 December) to start his three-day visit.
Although Chad is a poor country, it is advantageously situated, at what has been called "the cross-roads of Africa." Some observers have predicted that Chad, Libya and the Sudan will soon form a powerful bloc in North Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The new close friendship between Chad and Libya was symbolised by a quickly-arranged visit to Tripoli by President Tombalbaye of Chad. The Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, was at the airport to greet him, along with members of Libya's Revolutionary Command Council, Moslem Religious leaders, leading diplomats and high-ranking military officers.
Relations between the two nations had been strained for some time, following allegations of Libyan interference, including complicity in an abortive coup. But after King Faisal of Saudi Arabia visited Chad last month, President Tombalbaye realigned with the Arab cause.
Now Chad and Libya are closer than they have ever been - and President Tombalbaye has proved it by severing all links with Israel. Libya sent a full-ranking Ambassador to Chad earlier this month, and Colonel Gaddafi invited president Tombalbaye to visit him in Libya.
Forty-six advisers accompanied the President on his three-day trip: and several sessions of detailed talks took place. The subject was officially described as simply "joint issues."
Although Libya, with its lucrative oil industry, is the rich partner in the relationship it is not entirely one-sided. Chad makes up for what it lacks in wealth by its strategic importance. It occupies an area which has been called "the crossroads of Africa."