|A billboard in Qatar reads, "We are at your service Libya"|
Qatar has played a significant role in Libyan affairs since the uprisings in February. Qatar has donated hundreds of millions of dollars on fuel, food and cash transfers to the rebels. Qatar was the first Arab country to contribute planes to police the U.N.-backed no-fly zone over Libya. Simultaneously, hundreds of millions of dollars began to flow from the Qatari capital Doha to Benghazi from early March. Qatar's foreign ministry has confirmed that it has shipped four tankers full of gasoline, diesel and other refined fuels to Benghazi, which specialists estimate is enough to feed the large Benghazi power plant for one or two weeks. According to a report by Reuters, a representative from the the Qatari Emir's palace declined to comment on the ruling family's motivations behind its Libyan engagement.
|Conference in Doha, Qatar regarding Libyan affairs hosted by the Qatari government|
The text, in dark red, below is an excerpt from the Reuters article. The article is well researched and gives the reader an insighful look into Libya-Qatar foreign relations.
What's behind Qatar's generosity? It helps that it is so rich. Qatar's copious gas reserves have made it one of the world's wealthiest countries, with a sky-high gross domestic product per person of $88,000 according to the International Monetary Fund. Its $60-billion plus sovereign wealth fund owns stakes in banks Credit Suisse and Barclays, as well as London's iconic department store Harrods.