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Blair set for historic visit to Libya

Prime Minister Tony Blair said that his scheduled landmark talks with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli were part of attempts to offer Britain’s “hand in partnership” to the former pariah nation. Blair’s trip to Tripoli on Thursday — the first by a British leader since Libya gained independence in 1951 — comes just two days after US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns made a flying visit there. The British premier’s trip marks one of the clearest signs yet that Libya is rejoining the international fold as a result of its decision in December to give up all weapons of mass destruction programmes. Blair will be received by Kadhafi in a traditional Bedouin tent, said an official from the prime minister’s entourage in Madrid, where he attended a memorial service for victims of the city’s March 11 train bombings. Full Story

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