Gaddafi to visit centres of Islamic rule during Spain trip

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will visit two cities in southern Spain that were centres of power during the nation's centuries of Islamic influence before starting an official visit on Monday, officials said.

Gaddafi to visit centres of Islamic rule during Spain trip

Gaddafi will meet with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and King Juan Carlos during his four-day stay, which follows a five-day visit to neighbouring France, the government said in a statement.

He will meet with Zapatero on Monday, it said without specifying a date for Kadhafi's meeting with the monarch.

Gaddafi will carry out a private visit to the Andalucian city of Seville over the weekend, the statement added without giving further details.

But Spanish diplomatic sources said he would use the city as a base to explore the nearby cities of Cordoba and Granada.

Cordoba's mosque was turned into a Catholic cathedral in the 13th century after the city was conquered by King Ferdinand III.

It was built when much of Spain was the Moorish territory of Al-Andalus, a major centre of Islamic thought and architecture.

Granada was the last outpost of Islamic rule in Spain.

Gaddafi carried out a private visit to Spain in 1984, when he briefly met with then prime minister Felipe Gonzalez.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2007, 12:10