Moussa: Libya no longer wants to quit Arab League
Libya no longer wants to pull out of the 22-member Arab league, the Cairo-based organisation's Secretary-General said Wednesday. Libya asked during October 2002 to withdraw from the Pan-Arab body in protest at what its leader, Muammar Gaddafi called "official Arab cowardice".
"The Libyan withdrawal issue had been definitely settled. The question has been ended. Forget about it. You have to erase this issue from your mind," Amr Moussa said while attending a joint meeting of Arab interior and information ministers in Tunis, Reuters reported.
Gaddafi urged Libyans to pull out of the league, arguing the body had become irrelevant as a result of the failure of the Arab leaders to confront Israel's crackdown on Palestinians.
Moussa did not say what made the Libyan leadership change its mind about the League, but he said the next Arab summit in Bahrain in March would discuss Saudi as well as Libyan proposals to reactivate Arab policy over the Iraqi stand-off with the US as well as the Isreali-Palestinian conflict. Moussa hoped that the next summit would help improve the situation in the Arab world which, he said, "is undergoing its worst moment". (Albawaba.com)
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