Obama called “slave and fool” by the former Emir of Qatar speaking with Gaddafi, leaked audio reveals

President Barack Obama

The former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has called the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, a “slave” and “fool”, according to an unreleased audio recording of the Emir and Muammar Gaddafi. “God curse him … that slave … is foolish. I swear Muammar, he is foolish,”the ex-Emir says about Obama, in a leaked audio recording published on social media by activist Khalid al-Hail.

A similar registration between the former Qatari Emir and Colonel Gaddafi was released in 2017, in which the two former leaders attacked Saudi Arabia and the royal family. In 2013, Sheikh Hamad relinquished power to his son, the current Emir Sheikh Tamim al-Thani. Muammar Gaddafi was tortured and killed on October 20, 2011 by rebels supported by the international community and by NATO intervention.

Since its death, the North African country has plunged into chaos and has been engulfed in a spiral of hatred and violence that has led to the impoverishment of the population, the destruction of infrastructure and the squandering of public resources by the current political class for finance armed groups and obtain personal benefits.

In April, 2019, the Marshall Khalifa Haftar head of the Eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) launched the military operations to free the capital Tripoli from armed militias and terrorist groups. From one-year, violent clashes and shelling reached residential areas in and around Tripoli, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians and forcing thousands to leave their houses.

From 2014, Turkey and Qatar continuously supported the Government of National Accord (GNA) and its affiliated armed gangs, prolonging the sufferance of Libyan people. Yesterday the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the two conflict parties’ return to Geneva dialogue (5+5), which aims to reach a stable ceasefire.

The Mission also expressed the hope that all Libyan and international parties will respond to the Libyans’ desire to end the fighting and that the resumption of military committee talks will mark the beginning of a calm on the ground, and a humanitarian truce, that will allow to reach a final ceasefire agreement and allow the competent authorities to focus their efforts on addressing the repercussions and risk of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as facilitating the response to urgent humanitarian needs by local and international agencies.

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