Skip to comments.Tony Blair: I tried to make Gaddafi quit power
Posted on 09/09/2011 7:18:37 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Former British Prime MInister Tony Blair has made an impassioned defence of his close ties with the Gaddafi regime and confirmed that he had tried to persuade the Libyan leader to give up power after the start of the revolt against his regime.
Mr Blair said he had no regrets about setting aside decades of hostility between Britain and Libya and holding out an olive branch in 2004. In return, Col Gaddafi agreed to give up his programme of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
"No," he said in an interview with the Reuters news agency to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. "I always say to people it is absolutely simple the external policy of Libya changed."
New details of the close relationship forged between the Blair government and Libya after MI6 negotiated the scrapping of the WMD programme in 2003 have emerged in Tripoli since the fall of the Gaddafi regime.
MI6 helped arrange the extradition to Libya of regime opponents as they passed through Hong Kong and Bangkok airports.
One document found in the former British embassy showed Mr Blair had even advised Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the leader's son, on his PhD thesis at the London School of Economics. On Thursday, Khaled Kaim, the former deputy foreign minister, told The Daily Telegraph that Saif's relationship with Mr Blair had indirectly fuelled his obsession with succeeding his father.
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