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  •  Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards
    Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards
     Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards
    Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards
    General news10 hours ago

    Presidency celebrates presidential aides that bagged Nigerien highest awards

    Presidency celebrates presidenPresidency has honoured State Chief of Protocol (SCOP), Amb. Lawal Kazaure and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Household and Domestic Affairs, Sarkin Abba, for bagging Nigerien highest Civilian National Awards.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, organised the reception in honour of the presidential aides.

    Kazaure and Abba were conferred with the awards by President Mohammed Bazoum of Niger Republic.

    Speaking at the event, Gambari expressed delight over the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republics.

    According to Gambari, those countries sharing borders with Nigeria, including Cameroon, Benin Republic, Chad and Niger Republic, share the same interests and cultural affinities which bind them together.

    ”All these boundaries are very much artificial.

    ”The Europeans in Congress of Berlin just took a piece of paper and were drawing lines across places where they have never been; they never intended to be.

    ”They separated people who should be united and uniting people, perhaps, who should be separated.

    ”But, the leaders of Africa decided that it’s wise to keep those boundaries artificial as they may be.

    ”This is because to change them other than peacefully, will be creating even more problems than they can solve.

    ”But, in any case, whether by those lines, whether artificial or not, share common boundaries, common interests, common concerns with their families across the borders,” he said.

    On Buhari’s foreign policy, Gambari said: “In his (Buhari’s) earlier incarnation, as Head of State, the defining feature of his  policies was concentric circle of Nigerian foreign policy.

    ”That our interests, our efforts, will be concentrated on promoting Nigeria’s interests in concentric circles at the epicenter; the defense of Nigeria’s integrity, the prosperity, the welfare of its people.

    “But, next is the neighboring countries, then West Africa, then Africa, and then the rest of the world.

    ”And he has proved the continuity of Nigeria’s foreign policy in this sense by the fact that the first countries he visited after being sworn in were the neighboring ones,” Gambari said.

    The State House Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar, who also spoke at the event, congratulated the awardees.

    He, however, said that the challenge of COVID-19, climate change and lately, the war had impacted ”the population negatively and as such, it has become important for countries to watch each other’s back.

    ”He stressed that the honour conferred on the presidential aides had further strengthened the bonds between Nigeria and Niger Republics.

    Kazaure, who spoke on behalf of his fellow awardees said the international award was in recognition of the enviable strides made by the Buhari administration.

    He, therefore, thanked the president for exposing them locally and internationally.

    Kazaure also thanked the Chief of Staff for organizing the reception in their honour.


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  •  Smuggling Customs to deploy drones body cameras others to borders
    Smuggling: Customs to deploy drones, body cameras, others to borders
     Smuggling Customs to deploy drones body cameras others to borders
    Smuggling: Customs to deploy drones, body cameras, others to borders
    Economy2 days ago

    Smuggling: Customs to deploy drones, body cameras, others to borders

    The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says plans are ongoing to deploy drones and other technologically advanced facilities to the country’s borders in its bid to curb smuggling.

    The Public Relations Officer of Customs, Deputy Comptroller Timi Bomodi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that technology would help tackle the menace.

    He said one of the major efforts in that regard was deploying “technology like drones, non intriusic inspection at the borders and a lot of other things that are in the pipeline.

    ” Bomodi said progress had been made with regard to the concession agreement or modernisation agreement with Huawei company and other technical partners in that regard.

    According to him, the development will enhance the process of accessing potential danger as well as how to tackle them.

    On calls in some quartres for deployment of more manpower at the borders, the Customs spokesperson said the borders were too large to be fully covered by manpower.

    “if you take everybody that presently works in the military and paramilitary to hold hands across all the borders in Nigeria, you will not be able to come up to ten per cent of our borders.

    “That is how huge this country is and how tough the terrain which we operate is.

    “However, we do know that when you introduce technology into the scheme of things, you are going to achieve a lot more.

    ” According to him, there is no doubt that the service has plans to keep expanding its staff base but it is not the individuals that will make the impact that we all desire.

    “It is the technology that will be deployed to support these individuals that will make the kind of impact we know will go a very long way.

    ” On funding of the service to deliver on its mandate, Bomodi said there was the need for more funding to expand its strategies to curb crime and generate more revenue.

    “We are talking about innovation in the kind of service that we provide and it cost a lot of money.

    “We are talking about the welfare of officers which comprises the provision of adequate accommodation, adequate transportation, proper offices and a myriad of other things.

    “Even vehicles that help them operate under all kinds of terrains in all kinds of environment.

    “All these things cost money and we cannot say no to that becuase the more we can get the more we will achieve,” he said.

    NAN reports that Nigeria with a landmass of more than 900,000 square kilometres, shares boundaries with 15 countries.

    Some of the countries are the Republic of Niger, Cameroon, the Republic of Benin and the Chad Republic.

    Meanwhile, the NCS is an independent body under the supervisory oversight of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.

    It is saddled with the responsibility of collecting customs revenue, facilitation of national and international trade as well as curtailing smuggling activities.


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  •  Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria Cameroon border
    Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria-Cameroon border
     Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria Cameroon border
    Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria-Cameroon border
    Economy2 days ago

    Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria-Cameroon border

    The Nigeria Customs service (NCS), Area Command says it has seized 234.5 tonnes of fertiliser and other contraband about to be smuggled into Cameroon Republic.

    The Service said it had recorded 69 seizures along Nigeria – Cameroun boarder with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N232.11 million between January and June, 2022. The Comptroller of Customs, Mr Adeboyega Ganiyu, in charge of the Command, stated this while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on smuggling of government’s subsidised products.

    He said the Service had scaled up patrol and campaign activities to tackle smuggling in the country.

    He said personnel of the Service seized 4,649 bags of fertiliser weighing 234.5 tonnes and other items at the entry and exit points of Nigerian border with Cameron.

    The Comptroller listed other items to include 22 vehicles; 1,500 sachets of Tramadol tablet, 392 bags of foreign rice and 70 bags of unpeelled foreign rice.

    Ganiyu attributed the feat achieved to the snergy with sister security agencies and support of members of the general public.

    The NCS, he said had declared zero tolerance to any act capable of undermining the economic strength of the country.

    According to him, the Service will not allow unscrupulous elements bent on sabotaging the economy of the country to take advantage of the proximity to the border by engaging in illicit trans-border activities.

    In Borno which shared common border with Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics, smuggling had been slowed due to closure of the border occassioned by the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency.

    Borno border Cameroon in the east, Chad to the northeastern part, and Niger Republic to the north.

    However, some elements have been engaged in smuggling of petrol and fertiliser along the border in spite of the ban imposed by the military on circulation of Urea brand of fertiliser in Borno and Yobe. Shettima Ali, an oil marketer, said the lucrative nature of smuggling attracted many people in the border communities in spite of the risks.

    He said that petrol was being sold above N600 per litre while a bag of fertiliser sold above N40,000 in neighbouring countries.

    “The smugglers usually pass through Michika, Madagali or Mubi in Adamawa to smuggle contraband into the neighbouring countries.

    “Sometimes petrol conceled in five-litre keg is transported on trucks and motorcycles through Gaidam in Yobe. “Fertiliser is in high demand here and across the border.

    It is banned by the military because the insurgents used it to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

    “Smuggling is highly dangerous because when you get caught you will be level as Boko Haram supplier or collaborator,” he said Also, Mr Bukar Babagana, a member of the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA), in Borno, who corroborated earlier opinion, alleged that many fraudulent marketers amassed wealth through petrol smuggling along the borders.

    He alleged that some fuel servicing stations in border communities engaged in illicit trade.

    To address the menace, Babagana advocated for establishment of retail outlets on the entry and exit points across the country.

    For his part, Bashir Abdulkareem, an economists, called for total reform of the oil sector to end petroleum subsidy regime to encourage competition and enhance availability of the products.

    “Petrol smuggling thrive when there is scarcity of the product.

    The border posts in Borno are closed and manned by the military but still smuggling continue unabated,” he said.

    According to him, practical measures are imperative to end smuggling and protect the nation’s economy.


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  •  Shehu of Borno reiterates commitment to sustained polio immunisation
    Shehu of Borno reiterates commitment to sustained polio immunisation
     Shehu of Borno reiterates commitment to sustained polio immunisation
    Shehu of Borno reiterates commitment to sustained polio immunisation
    General news4 days ago

    Shehu of Borno reiterates commitment to sustained polio immunisation

    The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Elkanemi has reiterated the commitment of traditional rulers to sustained polio immunisation.

    The Shehu gave the assurance in Maiduguri while recieving members of the Chigari  Foundation, an NGO supporting community engagement by traditional leaders in the north.

    El-Kanemi said traditional leaders in the Borno, which is bordering Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroon are aware of the challenges involved and would not relent in mobilising the people to immunise their children.

    He said that his Emirate comprising 16 local government areas with 59 district heads, 591 village heads and over 7000 ward heads would continue to do the needful to contain outbreak of epidemics like polio.

    He lauded the foundation and its partners like Dangote, Belinda Gates Foundation for their commitment to health issues that is critical to humanity.

    Earlier, the Chairman of Chigari Foundation, Dr Muhammed Pate, said he was in the Shehu’s palace to thank the royal father for the roles played by traditional rulers in eradicating wild polio in Nigeria.

    Pate who was a former Minister of State for Health, said the visit was also to seek the support of religious and traditional leaders on immunisation.

    “It is good that we come to see you because 14 years ago, were struggling as a country with the infectious wild polio virus.

    “We came to this palace to get the blessing of our traditional and religious leaders.

    “With your blessing, the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Healthcare was formed.

    All traditional leaders in Northern Nigeria worked hard and polio is now history.

    “But we still have a lot of work ahead because there are still areas in Nigeria where routine immunisation coverage has not reached,” Pate added.

    He said that his team had already paid similar visit to the Sultan of Sokoto and other traditional leaders for more support for immunization .

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  •  MNJTF concludes Operation Lake Sanity honour troops with medals
    MNJTF concludes “Operation Lake Sanity”, honour troops with medals
     MNJTF concludes Operation Lake Sanity honour troops with medals
    MNJTF concludes “Operation Lake Sanity”, honour troops with medals
    Defence/Security4 days ago

    MNJTF concludes “Operation Lake Sanity”, honour troops with medals

    Troops of 7 Division Maiduguri, who participated in the just concluded “Operation Lake Sanity” of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), have been honoured with  medals for their galantry.

    Speaking at the ceremony in Maiduguri on Thursday, the Force Commander of MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Khalifa, lauded the gallantry of the officers and soldiers of the division during the operation in the Lake Chad region that facilitated the return of relative peace.

    “Gallant Troops of 7 Division did very well.

    Normalcy is returning with resumption of farming activities and other businesses,” Khalifa said.

    He noted that the improvement in security in the region had led of resettlement of many communities in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

    While noting that restoration of peace is a process that will be met gradually, Khalifa lauded the sustained support from the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs to the troops.

    The commander,  who was at the Nigerian Air Force Base where he decorated Air Force officers that participated in the exercise, commended them for their effective role in the exercise.

    “They gave us close air support, they assisted with logistics and casualty evacuation, among others,” Khalifa said.

    Khalifa, who was accompanied by senior military officers from  neighbouring countries for the ceremony, said the measure showed the level of unity and collaboration in the fight against insurgency.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that among those decorated is the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Waidi Shaibu.


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  •  ACTIF2022 African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver
    ACTIF2022: African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver 
     ACTIF2022 African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver
    ACTIF2022: African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver 
    Economy5 days ago

    ACTIF2022: African participants to benefit from Barbados visa waiver 

    African participants in the first-ever AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2022) taking place in Bridgetown, Barbados, from Sept. 1 to Sept 3, 2022, would enjoy visa waiver requirements for passport holders from 24 African countries.

    The development was contained in a statement signed by Deborah Ross, Senior Public Relations Director, BrandComms, on Thursday.

    According to the statement, the benefitting countries would have otherwise needed visas to enter Barbados.

    It said that citizens of the remaining African countries do not require visas to travel to Barbados.

    It added that citizens of the 24 countries who register to participate in ACTIF2022, would be eligible for the visa waiver programme which allows covered visitors to enter Barbados without visas and to stay for up to 90 days.

    “ACTIF2022, which is being held under the theme “One People, One Destiny: Uniting and Reimagining Our Future”, is being hosted by the Government of Barbados and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

    “The 24 African countries to which the visa waiver decision applies are: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti.

    “Others are Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Sao Tomé and Principe, Sudan, South Sudan and Togo,” it said.

    The statement quoted Kay Sealy, acting Permanent Secretary, Barbadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, who said that the move to add these countries to Barbados’ visa waiver list was to enhance business and investment opportunities.

    She added that the visa waiver, also being extended to 19 non-African countries would facilitate the ease of travel for tourists.

    “Participants in ACTIF2022 will include African and Caribbean heads of state and government, senior government representatives, business leaders, representatives of business associations, development agencies, multilateral finance institutions, think-tanks and research institutions from Africa and the Caribbean.

    “ACTIF2022 is being held in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, the Africa Business Council, the CARICOM Secretariat, and the Caribbean Export Development Agency.

    “It is co-managed by Invest Barbados and Export Barbados,” she said.


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  •  MNJTF force commander seeks regional forces partnership to end insecurity
    MNJTF force commander seeks regional forces partnership to end insecurity
     MNJTF force commander seeks regional forces partnership to end insecurity
    MNJTF force commander seeks regional forces partnership to end insecurity
    Defence/Security5 days ago

    MNJTF force commander seeks regional forces partnership to end insecurity

    The Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Khalifah has called for partnership with other regional forces to defeat terrorism in the Lake Chad area and the Sahel.

    Khalifah made the call when he received the new Force Commander of Operation Barkhane, French born Maj.-Gen. Bruno Baratz in the MNJTF Headquarters Camp Farcha in Ndjamena Chad. This is contained in a statement from the spokesman of the MNJTF on Wednesday, Lt.-Col. K.

    A Adegoke.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that MNJTF comprises of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic and has its headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad. The commander appreciated the cooperation between Operation Barkhane and the MNJTF noting that the feat should be sustained.

    He equally thanked the troops for their stabilising roles in the fight against terrorism in the region and urged for sustenance.

    He assured the new commander of his commitment to tackle insurgency in the region.

    Responding, Baratz also praised the effective role of MNJTF in bringing stability in its area of operations.

    Baratz said that operation Barkhane is in the process Mali, but would continue to work with other countries in fighting terrorism in the region.

    NAN reports that operation Barkhane is an ongoing anti-insurgent operation that started on Aug. 1, 2014 and is led by the French military against Islamist groups in Africa’s Sahel region.

    It consists of a roughly 5,000-strong French force, which is permanently headquartered in N’Djamena.

    NAN also reports that yhe operation is led in co-operation with five countries, all of which are former French colonies that span the Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

    The countries are collectively referred to as the ”G5 Sahel”.

    In another development, the outgoing Commander Sector I of the MNJTF based in Cameroon, Brig.-Gen. Bouba Debekreo, introduced his successor, Col. Tiokap Loti, to the force commander of the MNJTF.

    Debekreo thanked the force commander for the support and guidance given him and urged for same to be extended to his successor.


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  •  MNJTF Commander receives Operation Barkhane commander pledges sustained cooperation
    MNJTF Commander receives Operation Barkhane commander, pledges sustained cooperation
     MNJTF Commander receives Operation Barkhane commander pledges sustained cooperation
    MNJTF Commander receives Operation Barkhane commander, pledges sustained cooperation
    General news5 days ago

    MNJTF Commander receives Operation Barkhane commander, pledges sustained cooperation

    The Force Commander (FC), Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Maj.-Gen. Abdul-Khalifah Ibrahim has pledged to sustain the cooperation between MNJTF and Operation Barkhane in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region.

    Ibrahim stated this during a familiarisation visit by the newly appointed Force Commander of Operation Barkhane, Maj.-Gen. Bruno Baraz to the Headquarters MNJTF in Ndjamena, Chad. The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Lt.-Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

    The MNJTF force commander congratulated the new Op Barkhane commander and appreciated the existing cooperation between them.

    He commended Op Barkhane for their stabilising role and fight against terrorism in the Sahel region.

    In his remarks, the FC Operation Barkhane, Maj.-Gen. Baraz appreciated MNJTF for their efforts, which he said had to a large extent, brought stability to the MNJTF area of operations.

    Baraz expressed desire to work closely with MNJTF and other partners to achieve the collective mission of restoring peace in the region.

    Operation Barkhane is a French led anti insurgency operation that started in 2014 against Islamist groups in the Sahel region.

    The MNJTF spokesman also disclosed that the outgoing Commander, Sector 1 MNJTF (Cameroon), Brig.-Gen. Bouba Debekreo also presented his successor, Col. Pierre Tiokap, to the MNJTF.

    Adogoke said the outgoing Commander thanked the FC for his support and guidance and requested for same cooperation to  his successor.

    “The FC in his remarks praised the outgoing Sector 1 Commander who has been a founding commander of the MNJTF since the inception of the Force in 2015. “He praised his professionalism and wished him well in his new assignment while also urging the new Commander to do same.

    “The new commander said he is happy to join the team and would work collaboratively to achieve the mission of the MNJTF,’’ he said.

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  •  Ijaw Diaspora Council mourns death of Igali s mother
    Ijaw Diaspora Council mourns death of Igali’s mother
     Ijaw Diaspora Council mourns death of Igali s mother
    Ijaw Diaspora Council mourns death of Igali’s mother
    General news7 days ago

    Ijaw Diaspora Council mourns death of Igali’s mother

    The Ijaw Diaspora Council (IDC) on Tuesday commiserated with Dr.  Godknows Igali over the demise of his mother, Mrs Fanny Igali.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Igali, 84, mother to the diplomat, passed on peacefully on July 28, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital.

    Igali is a Nigerian public servant, diplomat, author and scholar.

    In a condolence letter signed by Prof. Mondy Gold, the Presidentof IDC, said it joined the people of Bayelsa and all peace-loving people across the globe to pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

    “We at the Ijaw Diaspora Council (IDC), wish to express our condolences to you and your entire family on the death of your mother, Madam Fanny Igali, who passed on peacefully.

    “She was a beacon of hope for many and was a foremost professional caterer and hotel manager, who worked as a catering officer, Government House in the old Rivers State “She also distinguished herself as catering officer, Borno College of Basic Studies (BOCOPS), as well as Manager, Lake Chad Hotel, Maiduguri, Borno,”  IDC president said.

    Extolling her virtues, Gold said that the deceased was equally a well-respected community leader, an educationist and a devout member of the Deeper Life Bible Church.

    He said that her lifelong commitment to discipline, kindness and generosity, which impacted her children and students, left a legacy of service to God and humanity.

    “We wish you divine comfort as you go through the period of grief and may God be with you and give you the strength to deal with your loss,’’ IDC  said.

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  •  Qatar welcomes the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation of the political military movements in the national inclusive and sovereign dialogue of Chad
    Qatar welcomes the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation of the political-military movements in the national, inclusive and sovereign dialogue of Chad
     Qatar welcomes the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation of the political military movements in the national inclusive and sovereign dialogue of Chad
    Qatar welcomes the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation of the political-military movements in the national, inclusive and sovereign dialogue of Chad
    Africa1 week ago

    Qatar welcomes the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation of the political-military movements in the national, inclusive and sovereign dialogue of Chad

    The Chadian parties signed on Monday in Doha the Doha Peace Agreement and the Participation of the Political-Military Movements in the National, Inclusive and Sovereign Dialogue of Chad, under the auspices of the State of Qatar.

    The signing of the agreement is the culmination of the negotiations that the State of Qatar hosted during the last five months with regional and international participation.

    The signing ceremony was attended by His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, various foreign ministers and officials from various countries, and representatives of the African Union and regional and international organizations .

    The agreement was signed on behalf of the transitional government in Chad by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Chadians Abroad, Cherif Mahamat Zene, as well as representatives of the Political-Military Movements in Chad. This agreement paves the way for the start of the national, inclusive and sovereign dialogue in Chad in the capital, N'Djamena, which aims to achieve a comprehensive national reconciliation.

    In the speech of the State of Qatar during the signing ceremony, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed the heads and members of the delegations of the Republic of Chad in the State of Qatar, which is proud to host the important historic negotiations that brought together the transitional government and most of the political-military movements of the Republic of Chad since last March.

    Likewise, he expressed the deep appreciation and appreciation of the State of Qatar for the efforts of the delegations to make these negotiations a success and achieve the "Doha Peace Agreement and the Participation of the Political-Military Movements in the National, Inclusive and Sovereign of Chad", reflecting his enthusiasm and awareness of the importance of ending the phase of war and achieving the aspirations of the Chadian people for lasting peace.

    HE also welcomed His Excellencies, the representatives of the Member States of the Follow-up Committee and all those who participated in this important meeting.

    HE said: "History informs us of the ineffectiveness of resolving the Chadian crisis by military force and that the only way is constructive dialogue across the negotiating table to achieve a comprehensive political agreement between all spectrums of the people.

    of the Republic of Chad His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said that in this regard, the State of Qatar has not hesitated for a moment to accept mediation and host negotiations between the Chadian parties in the belief that the true reconciliation of the Chadian people is the firm guarantee for the sustainability of peace, stability and the construction of the rule of law and development in Chad".

    It is no secret that the negotiations faced many challenges that were addressed through your esteemed efforts, and in implementing His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's directives, the State of Qatar has spared no effort to overcome obstacles in cooperation with you.

    In this context, we appreciate the efforts of the Member States of the Follow-up Committee that contributed to the success of these negotiations”, HE added.

    His Excellency expressed his certainty that the outcome of the negotiations that took place in Doha and the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation in the national dialogue of the majority of the Chadian parties will constitute an important and delicate stage for the Chadian people during the national dialogue to find solutions to all controversial issues, achieve national reconciliation and meet the aspirations of Chadians "From this perspective, who are characterized by wisdom and insight facing moments of self-determination in their lives and that of their people, must assume responsibility, make decisive decisions in accordance with the challenges of the situation, rise above all forms of division, satisfy the aspirations of unity of their peoples and put an end to their suffering through agreement" , he underlined.

    He said that all Chadian parties must transcend the past and its pains, focus on the future and its hopes, and not forget the lessons learned from the past, adding that this requires everyone to embark on the future with an indomitable spirit and firm belief.

    in the right of the people of the Republic of Chad to security, stability and unity and to the achievement of the desired development.

    He expressed the gratitude and appreciation of the State of Qatar for the transitional government and the political-military movements that signed this Agreement, and his wish that other groups join the march of reconciliation and peace, with a view to achieving the aspirations and dreams of the Chadian people.

    His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that the State of Qatar is looking forward to the initial Peace Agreement that we are concluding today as an important turning point towards the stability and prosperity of the Chadian people and the achievement of its goals.

    in security and development.

    and prosperity His Excellency emphasized that everyone is aware of the magnitude of the challenges to achieve the desired peace in Chad through the negotiations and the national dialogue that will take place in N 'Djamena, for which he called on the community to intensify regional and international efforts to seize this historic opportunity to make the national dialogue a success with a view to achieving the desired peace for the Chadian people.

    "In this context, I have no doubt that all Chadian parties appreciate the responsibility that has been entrusted to them and that all, with the will and success of God, will do everything possible to realize the aspirations of the Chadian people that peace is an alternative to a war that has lasted for many years, and that security and stability will prevail throughout Chad," said HE.

    He stated that the State of Qatar will spare no effort to cooperate with all Chadian parties and the international community, to achieve the desired goals of these negotiations and the national dialogue and the aspirations of the Chadian people for security, stability, peace and development.

    "Because of Qatar's firm belief that the sustainability of peace is a shared responsibility of the international family, we reiterate that Qatar will spare no effort to continue its active engagement with all international and regional efforts in this regard," HE said.

    He called on the countries that are still going through conflicts that threaten their security and stability, as well as international peace and security, to open up to initiatives aimed at laying the foundations for peace through a constructive dialogue that achieves the aspirations of security, stability and dignity of peoples.

    livelihoods "We urgently need such peace in many parts of the world," HE added.

    In a recorded speech during the signing ceremony, HE United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked the State of Qatar for hosting and sponsoring the negotiations between the Chadian parties, which led to the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement.

    HE the UN Secretary General said that this agreement is historic and will allow, with its adherence, to achieve a lasting peace in Chad, and called on the international community to provide the necessary assistance to Chad in this critical period.

    For his part, the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, expressed his congratulations to His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani for the efforts of the State of Qatar, which resulted in the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement.

    Qatar's auspices in the negotiations deserve to be commended, HE said, adding that the history of Doha, the wonderful city and pioneer in peacebuilding, occupies a great position.

    The President of the African Union Commission reviewed the role and efforts of Qatar in the field of international mediation, especially between the Afghan parties, and in Darfur in Sudan.

    The agreement between the Chadian parties was reached after five months of negotiations, he said.

    "Congratulations to Doha, the city of peace," added Faki. The agreement constitutes a first step towards Chadian reconciliation and includes measures to restore confidence, peace, national harmony and security.

    These measures include the complete and definitive cessation of hostilities, the commitment of the transitional government not to carry out any military or police operation of the defense and security forces against the political-military movements that signed the agreement, wherever they are in neighboring countries of Chad, the commitment of the armed political movements not to carry out any infiltration, armed action or attack of any kind against the transitional government and the commitment of all parties not to carry out any hostile act, of retaliation or harassment based on ethnicity, political affiliation, or any other basis.

    The agreement includes other measures for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, confidence- and security-building arrangements and inclusive national dialogue in N'Djamena, as well as mechanisms for the follow-up and implementation of this agreement.

    The State of Qatar hosted the peace negotiations in Chad last March with the participation of representatives of the transitional government and most of Chad's political-military movements, based on its active regional and international role in providing the bases for outbreak mediation and prevention.

    and exacerbation of conflicts.