The regime of Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi poses more of a threat to the Arab world than foreign powers and must be toppled, a leading Saudi daily said Monday.
"The continuity of this regime and others like it will pose a real and crushing danger to this Arab nation ... more than arrogant foreign powers," Okaz newspaper said in its editorial.
"When we say it is time to remove the 'suspicious' regime of Gadhafi and regimes like it, we affirm there is no way to face potential dangers without this courageous and essential step," it added.
"Dealing with the madness of Gadhafi 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."
Saudi newspapers on Sunday accused Gadhafi of serving the enemies of Arabs following his spat with Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz at an Arab summit in Egypt to review the Iraq crisis.
Saudi newspapers continued to lash out at the Libyan leader on Monday with hard-hitting editorials, accusing him of deliberately causing a rift among Arabs.
Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal was quoted by Al-Jazirah newspaper on Monday as saying that the "era of comity and flattering is over and every Arab official should be held responsible for practices which may harm Arab world interests."
On its part, Libya decided Monday to recall its ambassador to Riyadh for consultations.
Libya's official JANA news agency reported that the secretariat of the General People's Congress expressed "strong discontent for the verbal attack launched against the positions of the great revolution and its symbol, leader Moammar Gadhafi." (Albawaba.com)
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