February 28, 2011 / 6:32 PM / in 8 years

Gaddafi accuses West of abandoning him

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, facing a popular uprising, accused Western countries of abandoning his government in its fight against “terrorists” in an interview with U.S. television network ABC on Monday.

“I’m surprised that we have an alliance with the West to fight al Qaeda, and now that we are fighting terrorists they have abandoned us,” Gaddafi, told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. “Perhaps they want to occupy Libya.”

Gaddafi called U.S. President Barack Obama a “good man” but said he appeared to be misinformed about the situation in Libya, ABC News reported on its website.

“The statements I have heard from him must have come from someone else,” Gaddafi said. “America is not the international police of the world,” he added.

Reporting by Ross Colvin; Editing by Jackie Frank

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