US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Libya at the start of what she herself has billed an “historic” visit. It is the first time in more that 50 years that such a high-ranking American politician has travelled to the country.
Her visit all but completes Libya’s rehabilitation as a friend of the West. Tripoli had, for decades, been considered a pariah by the US and its allies. The reconciliation process began in 2003 when Libya accepted civil responsibility for the Lockerbie attack and ended its nuclear weapons programme.