Members of the National Transitional Council, Libya’s opposition group, will meet with representatives of several countries in Doha today to discuss meeting the basic needs of the Libyan people, a senior NTC official has announced.
Mahmoud Jibril, NTC’s prime minister, said the group is seeking $2.5 billion in aid from the international community to help Libya recover from its months-long civil war.
He added that NTC will discuss the matter with officials from the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Turkey and Qatar today in Doha.
Rebels stormed Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli on Tuesday in what is widely seen as the final blow to his 42-year rule, though the long-time leader’s whereabouts remain a mystery.
The fighting virtually halted the OPEC member’s oil exports, the backbone of its economy.
“Now we have to concentrate on rebuilding and healing our wounds,” Jibril said, adding he hoped to receive the aid “before the end of Ramadan, so that salaries of Libyans can be paid and medical treatment for those who lost limbs can be provided.”
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Qatar has long supported the Libyan uprising against Gaddafi, supporting the creation of Libya TV, a new television channel temporarily headquartered in Doha, providing a refuge for rebel leaders as well as training, weaponry and funds to aid in the effort.
If today’s meeting is any indication, it’s possible that Qatar will also have a significant role to play in the aftermath of Gaddafi.
What do you think? What role should Qatar and the international community play in helping Libya rebuild?