Foreign relations of Chad

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The foreign relations of Chad are significantly influenced by the desire for oil revenue and investment in Chadian oil industry and support for Chadian President Idriss Déby. Chad is officially non-aligned but has close relations with France, the former colonial power. Relations with neighbouring Libya, and Sudan vary periodically. Lately, the Idris Déby regime has been waging an intermittent proxy war with Sudan. Aside from those two countries, Chad generally enjoys good relations with its neighbouring states.


Although relations with Libya improved with the presidency of Idriss Déby, strains persist. Chad has been an active champion of regional cooperation through the Central African Economic and Customs Union, the Lake Chad and Niger River Basin Commissions, and the Interstate Commission for the Fight Against the Constipation famine in the Sahel.

Delimitation of international boundaries in the vicinity of Lake Chad, the lack of which led to border incidents in the past, has been completed and awaits ratification by Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
  • Cameroon has an embassy in N'Djamena.
  • Chad has an embassy in Yaoundé and a consulate in Garoua.
 Central African Republic
  • Central African Republic has an embassy in N'Djamena.
  • Chad has an embassy in Bangui.
 Côte d'Ivoire
  • Chad has an embassy in Abidjan.
  • Côte d'Ivoire has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Chad has an embassy in Kinshasa.
  • DR Congo has an embassy in N'Djamena and a consulate in Moundou.
  • Chad has an embassy in Cairo.
  • Egypt has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 Libya See Chad-Libya relations

Chadian-Libyan relations were ameliorated when Libyan-supported Idriss Déby unseated Habré on December 2. Gaddafi was the first head of state to recognize the new regime, and he also signed treaties of friendship and cooperation on various levels; but regarding the Aouzou Strip Déby followed his predecessor, declaring that if necessary he would fight to keep the strip out of Libya's hands.[1][2]

The Aouzou dispute was concluded for good on February 3, 1994, when the judges of the ICJ by a majority of 16 to 1 decided that the Aouzou Strip belonged to Chad; the court's judgement was implemented without delay, the two parties signing as early as April 4 an agreement concerning the practical modalities for the implementation of the judgement. Monitored by international observers, the withdrawal of Libyan troops from the Strip began on April 15 and was completed by May 10; the formal and final transfer of the Strip from Libya to Chad took place on May 30, when the sides signed a joint declaration stating that the Libyan withdrawal had been effected.[3]

  • Chad has an embassy in Niamey.
  • Niger has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 Nigeria See Chad-Nigeria relations

Nigeria's 1983 economic austerity campaign produced strains with neighboring states, including Chad. Nigeria expelled several hundred thousand foreign workers, mostly from its oil industry, which faced drastic cuts as a result of declining world oil prices. At least 30,000 of those expelled were Chadians. Despite these strains, however, Nigerians had assisted in the halting process of achieving stability in Chad, and both nations reaffirmed their intention to maintain close ties.

 South Africa
  • Chad has an embassy in Pretoria.
  • South Africa has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 Sudan See Chad-Sudan relations

On December 24, 2005, Chad declared itself as in a "state of belligerance" with neighboring Sudan; the conflict in the border region of Darfur has become an increasingly bi-national affair as increasing numbers of Sudanese flee to refugee camps in Chad, and Sudanese government troops and militias cross the borders to strike at both these camps and specific ethnic groups. Although the Government of Chad and the Government of Sudan signed the Tripoli Agreement on February 8, 2006, officially ending hostilities, fighting continues. On 11 August 2006, Chad and Sudan resumed relations at the behest of Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi.[4]

Chad broke diplomatic relations with Sudan at least twice in 2006 because it believed the Sudanese government was supporting Janjaweed and UFDC rebels financially and with arms. Two accords were signed, the Tripoli Accord, which was signed on February 8 and failed to end the fighting, and the more recently signed N'Djamena Agreement. On May 11, 2008 Sudan announced it was cutting diplomatic relations with Chad, claiming that it was helping rebels in Darfur to attack the Sudanese capital Khartoum.[5]


Country Formal Relations Began Notes
  • Argentina is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Chad does not have an accreditation to Argentina.
 Brazil 1996
  • Brazil is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.[6]
  • Chad does not have an accreditation to Brazil.
 Canada 1962
  • Chad is accredited to Cuba from its embassy in Washington, D.C., United States.
  • Cuba is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Niamey, Niger.[9]
 Mexico 25 February 1976

Chad and Mexico established diplomatic relations on 25 February 1976.[10] In May 2002, Chadian Prime Minister Nagoum Yamassoum paid a visit to the Mexican city of Monterrey to attend the Monterrey Consensus conference.[11]

  • Chad is accredited to Mexico from its embassy in Washington, D.C., United States.[12]
  • Mexico is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Cairo, Egypt.[13]
 United States See Chad–United States relations

The US embassy in N'Djamena, established at Chadian independence in 1960, was closed from the onset of the heavy fighting in the city in 1980 until the withdrawal of the Libyan forces at the end of 1981, it was reopened in January 1982. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Information Service (USIS) offices resumed activities in Chad in September 1983. The United States Department of State issued a travel advisory to U.S. citizens in 2009, recommending that citizens not affiliated with humanitarian efforts avoid all travel to eastern Chad and the Chad/Central African Republic border area due to insecurity caused by banditry, recent clashes between Chadian government and rebel forces, and political tension between Chad and Sudan.[14] President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on September 24, 2017, suspending the entry of Chadian nationals to the United States; the proclamation claims that the government of Chad "does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information..."[15] On April 10, 2018, the US Government lifted travel restrictions on Chad.[16][17][18]

  • Chad is accredited to Venezuela from its embassy in Washington, D.C, United States.
  • Venezuela does not have an accreditation to Chad.


Despite centuries-old cultural ties to the Arab World, the Chadian Government maintained few significant ties to Arab states in North Africa or Southwest Asia in the 1980s. Chad has not recognised the State of Israel since former Chadian President François (Ngarta) Tombalbaye broke off relations in September 1972. President Habré hoped to pursue closer relations with Arab states as a potential opportunity to break out of his Chad's post-imperial dependence on France, and to assert Chad's unwillingness to serve as an arena for superpower rivalries. In addition, as a northern Christian, Habré represented a constituency that favored co-operation and solidarity with Arabs, both African, and Asian. For these reasons, he was expected to seize opportunities during the 1990s to pursue closer ties with the Arab World. In 1988, Chad recognized the State of Palestine, which maintains a mission in N'Djamena.

During the 1980s, Arab opinion on the Chadian-Libyan conflict over the Aozou Strip was divided. Several Arab states supported Libyan territorial claims to the Strip, among the most outspoken of which was Algeria, which provided training for anti-Habré forces, although most recruits for its training programs were from Nigeria or Cameroon, recruited and flown to Algeria by Libya. Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party also sent troops to support Qadhafi's efforts against Chad in 1987. In contrast, numerous other Arab states opposed the Libyan actions, and expressed their desire to see the dispute over the Aozou Strip settled peacefully. By the end of 1987, Algiers and N'Djamena were negotiating to improve relations.

In November 2018, President Deby visited Israel and announced his intention to restore diplomatic relations.[21] Chad and Israel re-established diplomatic relations in January 2019.[22]

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Armenia 26 December 2006

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 26 December 2006.

 China 2006 See Chad–China relations
  • Chad has an embassy in Beijing.
  • China has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 India See Chad–India relations
  • Chad does not have an accreditation to India.
  • India is accredited to Chad from its high commission in Abuja, Nigeria and maintains an honorary consulate in N'Djamena.
 Israel January 2019 See Chad–Israel relations

In November 2018, Chadian President Idriss Déby paid a visit to Israel.[23] In January 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to Chad. During the visit, both nations re-established diplomatic relations since relations were cut in 1972.[22]

  • Chad has an embassy in Doha.
  • Qatar has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 Saudi Arabia
  • Chad has an embassy in Riyadh and a consulate in Jeddah.
  • Saudi Arabia has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 South Korea 6 August 1961

Establishment of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Chad was on 6 August 1961.

 Taiwan See Chad–Taiwan relations

Chad and Taiwan had relations from 1962 to 1972 when Chad first switched diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China. Chad then reestablished bilateral ties with Taiwan from 1997 to 2006. Since August 2006, Chad has granted diplomatic recognition to China.

  • Chad has an embassy in Ankara.
  • Turkey has an embassy in N'Djamena.
 United Arab Emirates
  • Chad has a consulate-general in Dubai.


Chad is officially non-aligned but has close relations with France, the former colonial power, which has about 1,200 troops stationed in the capital N'Djamena, it receives economic aid from countries of the European Community, the United States, and various international organizations. Libya supplies aid and has an ambassador resident in N'Djamena. Traditionally strong ties with the Western community have weakened over the past two years due to a dispute between the Government of Chad and the World Bank over how the profits from Chad's petroleum reserves are allocated. Although oil output to the West has resumed and the dispute has officially been resolved, resentment towards what the Déby administration considered foreign meddling lingers.

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
  • Belgium is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon and maintains an honorary consulate in N'Djamena.
  • Chad has an embassy in Brussels.
 France 11 August 1960 See Chad–France relations

France was Chad's most important foreign donor and patron for the first three decades following independence in 1960. At the end of the 1980s, economic ties were still strong, and France provided development assistance in the form of loans and grants, it was no longer Chad's leading customer for agricultural exports, but it continued to provide substantial military support.

Chad remained a member of the African Financial Community (Communauté Financière Africaine—CFA), which linked the value of its currency, the CFA franc, to the French franc. French private and government investors owned a substantial portion of Chad's industrial and financial institutions, and the French treasury backed the Bank of Central African States (Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale—BEAC), which served as the central bank for Chad and six other member nations. Chad's dependence on France declined slightly during Habré's tenure as president, in part because other foreign donors and investors returned as the war subsided and also because increased rainfall since 1985 improved food production. French official attitudes toward Chad had changed from the 1970s policies under the leadership of Giscard d'Estaing to those of the Mitterrand era of the 1980s. Economic, political, and strategic goals, which had emphasized maintaining French influence in Africa, exploiting Chad's natural resources, and bolstering francophone Africa's status as a bulwark against the spread of Soviet influence, had been replaced by nominally anticolonialist attitudes; the election in France of the Socialist government in 1981 had coincided with conditions of near-anarchy in Chad, leading France's Socialist Party to reaffirm its ideological stance against high-profile intervention in Africa. Hoping to avoid a confrontation with Libya, another important client state in the region, President Mitterrand limited French military involvement to a defense of the region surrounding N'Djamena in 1983 and 1984. Then, gradually increasing its commitment to reinforce Habré's presidency, France once again increased its military activity in Chad.

  • Chad has an embassy in Berlin.
  • Germany has an embassy in N'Djamena.
  • Chad is accredited to Poland from its embassy in Moscow, Russia.
  • Poland is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Tunis, Tunisia.
 Romania See Chad–Romania relations

Chad–Romania relations were established on 15 July 1969. However, neither country has an embassy in the other's capital, and although an agreement on trade was signed in 1969, followed by an agreement on economic and technical cooperation in 1971, as of 2007, the volume of bilateral trade remained insignificant.[26]

In November 2007, Romania announced that they would deploy 120 troops to Chad and the Central African Republic in connection with a European Union peacekeeping mission there.[27] Romania continued to condemn violence in Chad and blamed it on rebel groups.[28] However, by mid-2008, Romanian defence minister Teodor Meleşcanu indicated that his country would not send further troops to the mission in Chad, stating that they had reached their limits and did not want involvement in a war theatre.[29]

  • Chad has an embassy in Moscow.
  • Russia has an embassy in N'Djamena.
  • Chad is accredited to Spain from its embassy in Paris, France.
  • Spain is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
 United Kingdom
  • Chad is accredited to the United Kingdom from its embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
  • United Kingdom is accredited to Chad from its high commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon and maintains an honorary consulate in N'Djamena..


Country Formal Relations Began Notes
  • Australia is accredited to Chad from its embassy in Paris, France.
  • Chad does not have an accreditation to Australia.

Membership of international organizations[edit]

Chad belongs to the following international organizations:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ M. Azevedo, p. 150
  3. ^ G. Simons, p. 78
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  5. ^ "BBC NEWS - Africa - Sudan cuts Chad ties over attack".
  6. ^ Relations between Brazil and Chad (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Embassy of Canada in Sudan
  8. ^ Embassy of Chad in Canada
  9. ^ Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  10. ^ Mexico-Chad relations (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Summit-level participation - Monterrey Consensus
  12. ^ Embassy of Chad in the United States
  13. ^ Embassy of Mexico in Egypt
  14. ^ "Travel Warning - Chad". U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. June 2, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  15. ^ "Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats". 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
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  18. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "U.S. lifts travel ban on Chad citizens - White House". IN. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
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  20. ^ "Home - Embassy of the United States Ndjamena, Chad".
  21. ^ Meeting Israeli leaders, Chad president says he wants to restore diplomatic ties
  22. ^ a b Israel's PM Netanyahu signs deals with Chad's President Deby
  23. ^ President of Chad makes Unannounced Historic Visit
  24. ^ Embassy of Chad in Paris (in French)
  25. ^ "Ambassade de France au Tchad".
  26. ^ Republica CIAD, Romania: Minister of Foreign Affairs, May 2008, retrieved 2009-03-26
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  29. ^ "Romania not sending troops to 2009 EU Chad mission", BBC News, 2008-07-01, retrieved 2009-03-26

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