Qatar to host Libya meeting to raise $2.4 billion: Rebel leader
Doha: Senior Libyan rebel official Mahmud Jibril has said that the country's transition "begins immediately" and that Qatar would host a meeting today to organise $2.4 billion in aid for the country. Speaking at a press conference in Doha, the number two in the National Transitional Council yesterday said "we will build a new Libya, with all Libyans as brothers for a united, civil and democratic nation.
"This is the new Libya where every Libyan works as a beloved brother, hand in hand, to serve the interests of the nation to ensure equality and justice for everyone. "We have to be transparent in front of the whole world. Now we have to concentrate on building and healing our wounds."
He said the meeting of donor nations today would be "to make provisions and arrange for $2.4 billion for the NTC in order to pay salaries of Libyans before Eid and to arrange for all the medical treatment and the artificial limbs which are required for the injured." Eid el-Fitr is the holiday that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which comes to a close on or around 30 August.
Speaking to the young people of Libya "who brought us our dignity back," he said: "I would like to confirm to them that this is your revolution and you will have to continue the march to finish the revolution ... to participate in the creation and establishment of the Libyan state in order to move Libya forward."