London: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has flown young women from Italy to Libya with the aim of marrying them off to local men and to also educate them on the country’s culture and history.
Gaddafi, 68, hopes the move will help in building up his friendship with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
“The leader wants young people from other countries to visit Libyan hospitals and universities as well as understand its history,” the Guardian quoted Alessandro Londero, the manager of the Italian hostess recruiting agency which supplies the women, as saying.
“But he is also interested in romances developing between youths from Libya and Italy,” he added.
According to reports, Gaddafi is especially hopeful that romance will spark between Clio Evans, 24, a half-English actor from Rome who has visited Libya four times, and his nephew, Ghazali.
“The colonel said: ‘There is someone who would like your hand in marriage’,” Evans, whose father is from Beverley, east Yorkshire, revealed the Colonel as telling her.
“I was like, uh-oh, but Ghazali is cute, tall, and funny.”
“I used all my cards to impress Gaddafi, who is a real gentleman. He gave me one of the necklaces with his image on it, which he usually gives to his female bodyguards. Then he introduced me to Ghazali,” Evans revealed.