Rice, Gadhafi meet in house US bombed 22 years ago

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- The United States and Libya sealed a historic turnaround in their troubled relations with a meeting between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The mercurial Gadhafi welcomed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to his compound with incense and a genteel bow. The compound in the Libyan capital of Tripoli is the same one that the United States bombed in 1986 in retaliation for what president Reagan claimed was Libya's involvement in a terror bombing that killed two U.S. servicemen.

Rice is spending only a few hours in Tripoli on Friday, but the visit represents Gadhafi's rehabilitation after renouncing terrorism and giving up weapons of mass destruction.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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