One Year Ago — 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

May 31 2017 — 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.”

Prophetic warning: Gaddafi cautioned Blair of jihadi threats to Europe  

Transcripts of phone conversations from 2011 between then-Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair have been made public.

During the calls, the pair discussed the threat of jihadi and extremist attacks in Europe if Gaddafi’s regime collapsed.

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)

One Year Ago — Phone transcripts between Blair and Gaddafi (25 February 2011)

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