Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has called for a jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland, as an ongoing diplomatic row between the two nations heats up.
He criticized a recent Swiss vote against the building of minarets and said Muslims must boycott the country.
There have been tensions between the nations since 2008, when one of Mr Gaddafi’s sons was arrested in Geneva, accused of assaulting two servants.
A Swiss foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment on the jihad call.
The Libyan leader made his comments while speaking at a meeting to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
“Let us wage jihad against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression,” he said.
“Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Muhammad, God and the Koran.”
In a referendum last November, 57.5% of Swiss voters approved a constitutional ban on the building of minarets. An appeal against the ban has been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights.
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