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Tape of alleged conversation between Gaddafi and ex-Qatari Amir leaked

malzarooni@khaleejtimes.com Filed on May 6, 2014

The recordings are presumed to be from after 2008, since an Arab League meeting the recording referred to was held in Damascus that year.

The conversation between the two ex-leaders instigates public opinion against the ruling family of Saudi Arabia.

A leaked tape of an alleged conversation between Ex Qatari Amir Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and deposed Libyan President late Muamar Al Gaddafi took the social networking site Twitter by storm.

The tape has been leaked in a Twitter page bearing the name of the media office of Shaikh Abdul Aziz bin Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, who has been residing in Geneva since 1992, and was the then minister of finance and petroleum of Qatar.

The conversation saw the two ex-leaders instigating public opinion against the ruling family of Saudi Arabia. The two former leaders said in the alleged conversation that there will not be Saudi Arabia anymore after12 years.

This leaked tape is the fourth of the alleged conversation series made by Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa and Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar's former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, against the GCC states, particularly the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The recordings are presumed to be from after 2008, since an Arab League meeting the recording referred to was held in Damascus that year.

Based on information Khaleej Times has procured, Qatari Amir His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has been faced with such recordings when he was in Kuwait, but he replied that it was the former Qatar’s regime work, saying that now Qatar has a new government which has different trends and perspectives.

The relations between Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain with Qatar have been tensioned since Qatar was blamed by the other gulf state of meddling in their internal affairs, which made the Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain to recall their ambassadors from Qatar till they signed a conciliation agreement signed by Qatar on April 23rd, 2014.

Nevertheless, theambassadors of the three gulf countries did not return to Qatar and embark their diplomatic works. That refers to a very important fact that there is lack of confidence between these gulf nations.

Yet, Oman’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi last Friday declared that the differences ensued between Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain is now over, with these countries are about to send their ambassadors back to Doha.

In a joint Press conference held in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Dawood Oglu, bin Alawi said “ the dispute was between one family and it is something normal that could happen between brothers” reassuring that the differences in which Kuwait played a middleman last month ended up issuing the GCC declaration signed in Riyadh on April 18 this year.

Bin Alawi said: “Such a dispute is not a concern, which can threaten the common interests and key principles on which the GCC entity is based.”

Preparations are currently underway to send ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain back to Doha after they had been recalled from Qatar early last March, Bin Alawi added.

The reason which angered the three GCC countries was that Qatar had interfered in the internal affairs of these countries, with Qatar promising that it would not poke its nose in the internal affairs of the other GCC countries either directly or indirectly.

Qatar also supported individuals and organisations which posed a threat to the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Former Qatari Ruler Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa was heard in the alleged recordings, which caused public outcry in social networking sites, saying that Qatar has ties with all opposition bodies in Saudi Arabia, and Qatar is that which annoys and worries the Saudi government. Shaikh Hamad said in the alleged tape that Qatar had broadcast news through its own TV Channel Al Jazeera which the Saudi government did not wish it to carry.

He pointed out that if the USA succeeded in Iraq– referring to itsinvasion of Iraq, Saudi Arabia will be the next.Shaikh Hamad pointed out in the recordings that Saudi Arabia follows Wahabism and so does Qatar, but Qatar have a free media.

He said Qatar worked on solving the Sudan’s issue since early 1990 and they had been achieving progress in the South of Sudan, yet a difference ensued between the political leader Hassan Al Turabi and Sudan’s President Omer Al Basher and our mediation reached a deadlock and turned back towhere we started.

Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa confessed that Qatar coordinated with the Houthis of Yemen and raised initiatives with the government of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, nonetheless the Saudi forces destroyed them in an offensive by fighter jets.

He referred to a fact that there are two opposition forces that stand against the Saudi government in the south; they are the Houthis and Ismailis.

Mustafa Al Zarooni


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