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Posted On: 24 August 2011 08:51 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Doha meet to raise funds

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The Arab League said yesterday that at least $2.5bn be immediately released from the frozen overseas funds of the country’s falling Gaddafi regime to help meet the basic needs of the Libyan people. And the fund must be released before Eid Al Fitr which falls by the month-end since state employees have not been paid salaries for the last five to six months. Also, there is severe lack of essential food items, medicines and health services in Libya. A statement issued on the sidelines of a meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee of the Arab League said a meeting of leaders from Libya and several other countries will be held in Doha today to discuss ways to raise funds for rebuilding effort in Libya and to help meet the basic needs of its people. Wire agencies, meanwhile, said quoting senior Libyan rebel official Mahmud Jibril as saying that the Doha meeting hopes to raise at least $2.4bn in aid for Libya. The Arab Peace Initiative Committee which held a meeting on the Palestinian issue here yesterday has urged the Arab League to invite leaders of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) to its (Arab League’s) meeting slated for Saturday. The Arab Peace Initiative Committee’s meeting was yesterday attended by the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani. The meeting discussed at length the latest developments in Libya and urged the rebel leaders not to have the feeling of revenge in dealing with members of the falling regime. The Committee urged Libyan leaders to quickly establish stability, peace and security in the country and implored different factions in the country to bury their differences in national interest and forge unity. Meanwhile, a local Arabic daily yesterday reported that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had ordered his men to bomb the Qatari embassy in Tunisia. But the army official who was asked to carry out the blasts surrendered to the Tunisian defence forces after he entered the country and handed over the explosives refusing to carry out the Libyan dictator’s orders. The Libyan army official was identified as Abdul Razik Alrajhi. He entered Tunisia on July 30 with family and a consignment of explosives that were handed to him by the Gaddafi regime. The regime had ordered him to bomb the Qatari embassy in Tunis, said the daily. Alrajhi urged the head of the Tunisian army that his identity be disclosed only after the fall of the Gaddafi regime and that he and his family be provided protection. The head of the Tunisian army made these disclosures at a news conference in Tunis on Monday, the daily said. Meanwhile, analysts this newspaper spoke to reiterated that Libyan rebel leaders should not have the feeling of revenge in dealing with members of the falling regime of Gaddafi. “They (the National Transitional Council) must set an example by being fair in dealing with the members of the Gaddafi regime, and the various factions in the country should not raise weapons against one another,” said an analyst not wanting to be identified. The United Nations must play an active role in post-Gaddafi Libya and make sure that peace and stability returns to the country quickly, said another analyst. The Nato forces should not leave Libya after the fall of the Gaddafi regime, he added. But above all, what people are awaiting to see are the repercussions of the fall of the longest serving Arab dictator (Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years) on Syria, he further said. The fall of Gaddafi would go to show that the Arab Spring which is seen by many as gradually dying down would get a new lease of life, said the analyst.