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Qatar,UAE in coalition striking Libya: Gulf bloc

The head of the Gulf's main political bloc says Qatar and the UAE remain part of the coalition seeking to halt Gadhafi's offensives in Libya.

Written by Agencies | Abu Dhabi |
March 21, 2011 1:53:13 pm

Gulf Arab states rejected Iranian and other foreign interference in their internal affairs and said Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were taking part in Libyan military operations for “safety and security.”

The head of the Gulf’s main political bloc said,”Qatar and the United Arab Emirates remain part of the international military coalition seeking to halt Moammar Gadhafi’s offensives in Libya.

The comment by Abdul Rahman bin Hamad al-Attiyah on Monday follows criticism by the Arab League’s chief over the heavy missile barrages by US and European forces against Libyan targets.

Al-Attiyah said the two Gulf Cooperation Council states are part of the coalition,but did not clarify their role or whether they have taken part in warplane missions.

“We reject any intervention in our internal affairs and among these countries is Iran,” Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Abdulrahman al-Attiyah told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Abu Dhabi,responding to questions about Saudi and UAE troops helping the government in Bahrain.

Asked about UAE and Qatari involvement in a Western military operation against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi,he said: “We are within the coalition for safety and security according to the U.N. resolution.”

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