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| Rice to mark rare diplomatic succes with Libya visit|
| Updated at: 0743 PST, Friday, September 05, 2008|
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will mark one of the rare diplomatic successes of President George W. Bush with her first visit to Libya this week, less than four months before the end of Bush's eight-year White House tenure.
Eager to show Iran and North Korea how they could benefit from a rapprochement with Western nations, Rice's visit will send a clear message of the Bush administration's approval for Libya's commitment to abandon its nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs.
On a trip that will also take her to Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Portugal over September 4-7, Rice will mark the reestablishment of relations with Tripoli after they were suspended in 1981, when the US called Libya a supporter of terrorism.