Phone transcripts between Blair and Gaddafi (25 February 2011)

“The evidence that the Committee has taken so far in this inquiry suggests that western policy makers were rather less perceptive than Gaddafi about the risks of intervention for both the Libyan people and the western interests.”

Crispin Blunt MP — Chair of the Committee

The Foreign Affairs Committee has published the transcripts of two telephone conversations between Tony Blair and Colonel Gaddafi which took place on 25 February 2011. In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, these documents are worth reading once more. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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The transcripts were forwarded to the Committee by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, following evidence given to the Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s future policy options.

On Friday 11 December 2015, the Foreign Affairs Committee took evidence from Tony Blair, who explained his actions in response to the collapse of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. Mr Blair offered to supply the Committee with contemporary, uncorrected, transcripts of his telephone conversations with Colonel Gaddafi in February 2011.

Transcript: Tony Blair and Gaddafi call, 25 February 2011, 1115-1145 (PDF PDF 72 KB)

Transcript: Tony Blair and Gaddafi call, 25 February 2011, 1535-1600 (PDF PDF 74 KB)

Chair’s comments

Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

“The transcripts supplied by Mr Blair provide a new insight into the private views of Colonel Gaddafi as his dictatorship began to crumble around him. The failure to follow Mr Blair’s calls to “keep the lines open” and for these early conversations to initiate any peaceful compromise continue to reverberate.”

“The Committee will want to consider whether Gaddafi’s prophetic warning of the rise of extremist militant groups following the collapse of the regime was wrongly ignored because of Gaddafi’s otherwise delusional take on international affairs.”

“The evidence that the Committee has taken so far in this inquiry suggests that western policy makers were rather less perceptive than Gaddafi about the risks of intervention for both the Libyan people and the western interests.”

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REFERENCES

Unseen phone transcripts between Blair and Gaddafi published — UK Foreign Affairs Committee

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Phone transcripts between Blair and Gaddafi (25 February 2011)

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2 Responses to Phone transcripts between Blair and Gaddafi (25 February 2011)

  1. mohandeer says:

    There was nothing delusional about G’s views – he knew exactly what was going on, both with the US supply of terrorists from Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda and the UK support of it. He explicitly asked Blair – almost taunting him with the knowledge he had, if Blair supported Al Qaeda or terrorists. G knew!

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