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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Jun 9, 2004.
Libya Supplies US With Oil Again
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)
June 6, 2004
Libya has cemented its return to the international mainstream by resuming its former role as a supplier of oil to the US.
US Assistant Secretary for Commerce William Lash, speaking during a trade visit to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, said oil shipments had begun.
He added that Libya was in talks over the purchase of Boeing aircraft.
Libya, accused of sponsoring terrorism, was for 20 years the subject of US and United Nations (UN) trade embargoes.
The Libyan government has been linked with a bomb attack on a Berlin night club frequented by US servicemen in 1986, as well as the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
But the North African nation was dramatically rehabilitated late last year after it publicly ditched its weapons of mass destruction programme, and declared a stockpile of chemical weapons to UN inspectors.
British prime minister Tony Blair set the seal on Libya's re-integration into the mainstream by visiting Tripoli for talks with the country's leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, in March.
The US responded by easing its embargo in April, clearing the way for US oil firms and banks to resume commercial activities in Libya.
Terrorism? Who cares. Oil? Now that's trumps everything.
Fine friend the GOP has come up with in Ghadaffi eh? I wonder if he'll be as 'helpful' as Chalabi has been.
Lots of egg on Bliar's face, I see...