“King of kings of Africa and the imam (leader) of Muslims”
After calling the Saudi king a “British product and American ally,” and a “liar,” the Libyan leader stormed out and went sightseeing at a local museum. “Libya’s Gadhafi storms out of Arab summit in Qatar,” from the Times of India, March 30:
DOHA: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stormed out of an Arab summit on Monday after denouncing the Saudi king for his long ties to the West.
Gadhafi disrupted the opening Arab League session in Qatar by taking a microphone and criticising Saudi’s King Abdullah, calling him a “British product and American ally”.
Gadhafi has harboured a grudge against Abdullah since exchanging harsh words during a summit in early 2003 shortly before the US-led invasion of Iraq.
“Now after six years, it has proved that you were the liar,” Gadhafi said, adding that he now considered their “problem” over and was ready to reconcile.
But when the emir of Qatar tried to quiet Gadhafi, the Libyan leader insisted on speaking to the summit.
“I am an international leader, the dean of the Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa and the imam (leader) of Muslims and my international status does not allow me to descend to a lower level,” Gadhafi said before getting up and walking out of the hall.
A Libyan delegate said Gadhafi went to the Islamic museum in Doha for a tour.
The Libyan leader is known for his unpredictable behaviour and it’s not clear whether he will rejoin the two-day summit.