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Tuesday, March 04, 2003
 
FALLING OUT AGAIN: Ok, I'm not sure why the link isn't working, here's the article from the Telegraph:

Gaddafi angry at 'humiliation'
By Alan Philps in Jerusalem
(Filed: 04/03/2003)


Libya yesterday recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia in protest at the public humiliation meted out to its leader Muammar Gaddafi by Crown Prince Abdullah, the heir to the Saudi throne.

In televised exchanges between the two men at the start of an Arab League summit, the Saudi pointed his finger at Libya's leader and said: "Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country and not an agent of colonialism like you and others. As for you, who brought you to power? Don't talk about matters that you fail to prove. You are a liar, while the grave is ahead of you."

Col Gaddafi also vowed to turn his back on the Arab world by pulling his country out of the 22-member League of Arab States in order to find a new destiny as an African nation.

The argument between Col Gaddafi and Crown Prince Abdullah, the day-to-day ruler of Saudi Arabia since his brother King Fahd fell ill, exposed several raw nerves in the run-up to the expected American assault on Iraq and highlighted the disunity of the Arab world.

While it is not uncommon for the Arab press to accuse Col Gaddafi of being unbalanced, the Saudi newspaper Okaz said yesterday he was more dangerous than "arrogant foreign powers" and it was time for him to be overthrown.

"There is no way to face potential dangers without this courageous and essential step," said the newspaper, which reflects official thinking in Riyadh. "Dealing with the madness of Gaddafi and others like him must be the first point on the agenda of a programme to reform the Arab situation, otherwise this nation will go from bad to worse."

The argument erupted after Col Gaddafi told the assembled leaders that King Fahd had made a pact with the devil by relying on US support in the 1991 Gulf crisis.

Crown Prince Abdullah shot back by accusing the colonel of coming to power in 1969 with the blessing of the Americans.



 
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