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Gaddafi meets Indian envoy

As the European and Arab League pressure mounts for a no-fly zone over Libya, Gaddafi reached out to India, seeking investments in the oil sector.

world Updated: Mar 15, 2011 00:58 IST
HT correspondent

As the European and Arab League pressure mounts for a no-fly zone over Libya, Gaddafi reached out to India, seeking investments in the oil sector.

The Libyan ruler himself met with Mani Mecklai, Indian ambassador to Libya and her counterpart from Russia and China. India along with Russia and China are opposed to the idea of a no-fly zone.

Meanwhile, France said that it would consult other powers to put in place a no-fly zone for the “protection of civilians.” France setting up the pressure comes in the wake of Arab League's weekend call on the United Nations to impose such a zone.

The oil sector in Libya is disrupted by the rebel-uprising and the thousands of expatriates workers fleeing the country. According to some estimates it may take a year for output to recover to its previous level of about 1.6 million barrels per day.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said had said that India's against a no-fly zone was echoed by many developing countries as well as the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) member states.

However, India had not decided whether to abstain or vote against such a resolution in case the issue came up before the United Nations Security Council.

New Delhi would prefer to consult with its friends and then take a stand.
Though it went with consensus later, India was opposed to referring Libya to the International Criminal Court.