Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi did not mean armed struggle when he called for a jihad against Switzerland but rather an economic boycott, Libya’s ambassador to the United States said.
Ali Aujali told Reuters that his country is serious about its relations with the United States but would not permit its leader to be insulted, a reference to dismissive comments made by US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley last week.
Aujali said Crowley’s comments fell short of the apology that Libya still expects. Crowley said on Wednesday his earlier remarks were not meant as a personal attack,
Crowley said yesterday he welcomed the clarification of Gaddafi’s jihad comment and urged Libya and Switzerland to work out their differences in direct dialogue. Asked about Libya’s demand for an apology, he declined further comment.
Pic: Jihad militants