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US to Normalize Ties with Libya

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The United States has decided to restore normal diplomatic relations with Libya and plans to remove it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement the actions are in recognition of Libya's renunciation of terrorism and decision to abandon nuclear weapons.

The State Department's coordinator for counterterrrorism, Henry Crumpton, says Libya is making contributions to U.S. security.

But Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch says the U.S. remains concerned about Libya's human rights record and the five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya on charges of intentionally infecting children with H-I-V.

The United States has not had full diplomatic relations with Libya for more than 25 years.

Libya's Foreign Ministry welcomed Monday's announcement.

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