US Assistant Secretary of State visits Libyan President Khadafi
US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns paid a visit to Libyan President Moammar Khadhafi on March 23, 2004 to discuss the future of US-Libyan relations.
A State Department press release characterized the discussions as "very constructive, reflecting the gradual, step-by-step normalization in our bilateral relationship that has been made possible by Libya's historic steps to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction and MTCR-class missiles, and to adhere to its renunciation of terrorism."
According to the press release, "Libya has demonstrated that it is intent on opening a new chapter in relations with the United States and the rest of the world." It noted steps the United States has already taken in an effort to foster improved relations with Libya, including lifting the US travel ban and permitting US companies to negotiate their reentry into the Libyan market.
Looking to the future, Burns also discussed potential measures to normalize trade and investment under discussion, and plans to establish a US Liaison Office. He highlighted the usefulness of person-to-person contacts between Libyans and Americans whether through official visits, professional delegations or NGO programs. — (menareport.com)
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