ABC News’ Kirit Radia reports:
Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi wrote a letter to President Obama yesterday imploring him to urge NATO to stop the attacks inside Libya and wishing him luck in his re-election bid, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ABC News.
Describing President Obama at one point as “our son” and later as “Baraka Hussein Abu oumama,” Gadhafi appeared reserve any criticism of the United States during his rambling three-page message.
“We have been hurt more morally that (sic) physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavor (sic) and hope that you will gain victory in the new election compaigne (sic),” Col Gadhafi wrote.
The letter, dated April 5, was sent from the Libyan Foreign Ministry to Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, who immediately sent it to the White House.
Asked today whether the letter signaled any desire by Gadhafi for dialogue, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton only reiterated that Gadhafi needed to step down from power and halt attacks by his forces.
“I don’t think there is any mystery about what is expected from Mr. Gadhafi at this time,” she said.
In the letter, Gadhafi urged President Obama to stop NATO’s attacks on his forces.
“Your intervention is (sic) the name of the U.S.A is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair. Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame,” he wrote.
In making the request, Col Gadhafi praised Obama, saying “You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that.”
Gadhafi said that “Nato is waging an unjust war against a small people of a developing country. This country had already been subjected to embargo and sanctions, furthermore it also suffered direct military armed aggression during Reagan’s time. This country is Libya.”