U.S. Restores Libya Relations, Removes from Terror List
The United States is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Libya and removing them from the list of pariah states that support terrorism.
The United States intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Libya and remove the North African country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, State Department and Libyan officials told CNN. The State Department will make a formal announcement Monday.
After decades of thumbing his nose at the West, which made him an international pariah, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi made an abrupt about-face after the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, renouncing support for terrorism and agreeing to give up Libya’s missiles and weapons of mass destruction. The next year, the United States ended a 18-year trade embargo against Libya and lifted a ban on Americans traveling there.
Who would have thought this was possible, especially with Gadhafi still in power?