The Libyan Jamahirayah leader, Colonel Mummar Gaddafi arrived in Algeria on Thursday (24 May) for talks with Algeria's President, Chadli Benjedid.
The Libyan Jamahirayah leader, Colonel Mummar Gaddafi arrived in Algeria on Thursday (24 May) for talks with Algeria's President, Chadli Benjedid. It's the first time the two leaders have met since President Chadli took office. Colonel Gaddafi used the occasion to deliver a call to all Arab potentates. he criticised what he called ruthless Israeli aggression in southern Lebanon and pressed for Arab reprisals.
SYNOPSIS: Algeria and Libya have traditionally been close. And as Colonel Gaddafi's special airliner touched down at Algiers Dar El Beida airport an official welcoming party awaited him.
It was President Chadli's first meeting with the Libyan President since he came to power in February following the death of former Algerian President Houari Boumedienne. He took the opportunity to greet Colonel Gaddafi personally as he came down the aircraft steps accompanies by his son and a host of officials.
Colonel Gaddafi -- an outspoken critic of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace treaty with Israel -- is an Arab hard liner pledged to support the Palestinian cause. The bulk of his talks with President Chadli were reportedly about the recent Middle East peace treaty signing, and the solidarity of Arab opposition to it.
Reuter reports that after his talks with President Chadli, Colonel Gaddafi called on fellow Arab leaders to strike back at Israel for its recent attacks against Palestinian positions in southern Lebanon.
The report, based on a Libyan news agency release, said the call came in a cable from Colonel Gaddafi to Arab leaders. In it he described the Israeli attacks as a humiliation worse than death for Arab nations.
Colonel Gaddafi went on to urge Arab leaders to shoulder their national responsibilities and to retaliate twice as hard against Israel, in order to preserve the dignity of the Arab people.