Past Problems Linger as U.S.-Libya Relations Warm
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Libya's Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam on Thursday, the latest sign of warming ties after Libya gave up its nuclear weapons program. But human rights activists say the visit tells another story — that the Bush administration's democracy agenda is dead.
The brother of one jailed Libyan dissident says the State Department is putting out a welcome mat for the Libyan regime and turning its back on dissidents despite promises by President Bush that he would be the "dissident president."
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