Kadhafi announces Chirac to visit Libya

29th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 28 (AFP) - Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said Wednesday French President Jacques Chirac would visit his north African country in June, adding that no firm date had yet been set.

PARIS, April 28 (AFP) - Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said Wednesday French President Jacques Chirac would visit his north African country in June, adding that no firm date had yet been set.

"I believe that President Jacques Chirac will come to Libya on an official visit in June", Kadhafi told public Radio France Internationale in comments broadcast from Brussels, where he was making his first trip to a Western state in 15 years.

"After that, personally, I would not object to coming to visit France", he added.

As part of Libya's rapid re-entry into the international community after decades of isolation over allegations of state-sponsored terorrism, Kadhafi's prime minister, Shukri Ghanim visited Paris last week and met with Chirac.

On March 25 British Prime Minister Tony Blair became the first Western leader since to visit Tripoli since the renewal of relations.

Libya has in the past year worked to erase its pariah status in the world, notably by agreeing massive pay-outs to the families of passengers killed in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland and a 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger.

Last December it announced it was abandoning efforts to procure illegal weapons of mass destruction.

Those moves have earned it a lifting of UN economic sanctions and put Kadhafi, once known as "the mad dog of Tripoli", back on the path towards international respectability.

Chirac's office said no date had been fixed yet for the president's trip to Libya.


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