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Leaked: Hamad Bin Khalifa called Obama 'slave' in Gaddafi recording

May 31, 2020
Ex-US President Barack Obama meets with the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in the Oval Office on April 26, 2013. — AFP
Ex-US President Barack Obama meets with the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in the Oval Office on April 26, 2013. — AFP



DUBAI — Former Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani called ex-US President Barack Obama a “slave” and “silly,” according to a leaked audio recording that reportedly captured a conversation between the emir and the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The recording was released by Qatari opposition activist Khalid Al-Hail, a report in Al-Arabiya English said. However, the report said Al Arabiya English could not verify the authenticity of the recording.

“God curse him... that slave... he is silly. I swear Muammar, he is silly,” the former emir is heard saying about Obama.



A similar recording between Qatar’s former emir and Gaddafi was released in 2017, in which the two attacked Saudi Arabia and the ruling family.

In another recording leaked from the same year, Gaddafi and former prime minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim can reportedly be heard discussing plans to carve up Saudi Arabia.

Hamad Bin Jassim did not deny the recording and said that the issue was discussed to appease Gaddafi.

In 2013, Sheikh Hamad handed over power to his son, current Emir Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani. Hamad Bin Jassim stepped down from his positions in government at the time and reportedly has strained relations with the current emir.

Gaddafi was tortured and killed on Oct. 20, 2011 when rebel fighters took control of his hometown Sirte as part of an uprising that deposed his regime and led to the subsequent civil war in the country. — SG

May 31, 2020
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