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Gaddafi makes secret call to Rajapaksa

The diplomatic community in Colombo is abuzz with speculation about the telephone call that beleaguered Libyan leader and Lanka’s ally Muammar Gaddafi made to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Colombo
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2011 11:32 PM IST

The diplomatic community in Colombo is abuzz with speculation about the telephone call that beleaguered Libyan leader and Lanka’s ally Muammar Gaddafi made to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday.

Rajapaksa’s secretariat was only willing to share that he advised Gaddafi to look after his people’s interests and ensure peace in his country. “Establish peace in Libya as soon as possible and safeguard the lives of Libyan people,” Rajapaksa was quoted as telling Gaddafi by media advisor Bandula Jayasekara.

State-run Libyan TV confirmed the conversation between the two leaders. “The Sri Lankan president asked the brother leader to inform him about the current developments in Libya,” a BBC report quoting state run Al-Jamahiriya TV said.

But there was no word about the reason behind the sudden phone call by Libyan dictator.

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