TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar wrapped up a two-day official visit to Libya on Aug 20.
During talks with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, Gadhafi told him he had received inquiries from both Iranian and North Korean officials about what he had received from Washington as compensation for abandoning his covert nuclear weapons program. When Gadhafi said that he answered their queries with "nothing," Lugar reminded him that U.S. oil companies were flocking into the country.
After declaring Libya a "state sponsor of terrorism" the Reagan administration broke diplomatic ties with Tripoli in 1980. In December 2003 Libya announced that it had stopped seeking weapons of mass destruction and accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am passenger plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. Gadhafi's about face led to a dramatic warming of ties between Libya and Washington. At the end of his talks with Lugar Gadhafi invited President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to visit Tripoli.