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Monday, March 30, 2009

Gadhafi feels insulted, quits AL summit

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:53:19 GMT | PressTV

Muammar al-Gadhafi
Libyan Leader Muammar al-Gadhafi stormed out of the Arab League summit in Doha following the disruption of his address to the Saudi monarch.

The former head of the Arab League walked out of the summit venue in the Qatari capital on Monday in protest to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani's move to interrupt his address to the Saudi Arabian King, Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.

Qatar's Emir switched off the Libyan president's microphone, allegedly to stop him from making anti-Saudi remarks, a Fars news reporter at the summit reported.

However, Gadhafi surprised Sheikh Hamad by asking the Saudi king to re-engage in peaceful negotiations with Libya.

He stated that a five-year row in diplomatic ties between the two countries should be brought to an end, apologizing to the Saudi King for past disagreements, while laying the blame on the US and the UK for breeding the ongoing differences between the two Arab nations.

The Qatari Emir, though, reportedly expressed regret for cutting the Libyan leader's speech.

Nonetheless, Gadhafi left the summit, saying that the Emir's move was offensive towards him.

Relations between the two states have been marred over a 2003 incident in which Saudi Arabia asked Libya's ambassador to leave the country due to an alleged plot to assassinate King Abdullah.

Libya has denied involvement in any such plot.

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