U.S. to Normalize Relations with Libya

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice announced on Monday that the U.S. is restoring full diplomatic relations with Libya, which is redeveloping its oil industry in the wake of U.N. sanctions. The countries have not had formal diplomatic relations since 1981.

"We will soon open an embassy in Tripoli," said Rice. "In addition, the United States intends to remove Libya from the list of designated state sponsors of terrorism. Libya will also be omitted from the annual certification of countries not cooperating fully with United States anti-terrorism efforts."

Rice said that the move stems from Libya's continued commitment to renounce terrorism and the "excellent cooperation" it has given the U.S. and other countries in response to common global threats since September 11, 2001.