- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 1, 2003

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 1 (UPI) — Hundreds of Libyans Saturday night protested in front of the Saudi Embassy in the capital, Tripoli, in response to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Abdullah's reaction to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's speech at the Arab summit.

They started chanting slogans expressing their "anger and condemnation" after gathering around the Saudi Embassy in what appeared to be a spontaneous demonstration after a row erupted between Gadhafi and Abdullah during Saturday's Arab summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

The protest ended peacefully with no reports of clashes or disturbances.

Conflict broke out after Gadhafi said in his speech that "America vowed to protect Kuwait and Arab Gulf states, so it moved its forces to the Gulf" after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Gadhafi said that he telephoned Saudi King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz to verify the kingdom's reception of the American forces after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

The Libyan leader said: "The king told me that America was a superpower and can do whatever it wants," adding that the Saudis told him of Iraqi intentions to invade Saudi Arabia.

Live television coverage showed Prince Abdullah interrupts Gadhafi at that point, saying: "The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not an agent for colonialism like your kind (Gadhafi's) and others."

The broadcast of the summit speeches was then cut off.

But Arab diplomats in Sharm El-Sheikh told United Press International that the Saudi prince, who has been effectively handling the oil-rich kingdom's affairs in recent years, reportedly added to the Libyan leader: "Who brought your kind to power? Who brought you? Who brought you?"

The prince warned Gadhafi from "involvement in matters of which you have no luck, for lies and the grave are before you."

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