US resumes diplomatic ties

29 June 2004
Washington announced on 28 June that it had formally resumed diplomatic ties with Tripoli, just six months after Libya declared its intention to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme. The decision was announced by assistant secretary of state William Burns, visiting Tripoli to formally open a US liaison office.

However, Tripoli is still on Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism, and some economic and travel restrictions remain.

Relations between the two countries have improved dramatically since last December, when Tripoli renounced its WMD policy, and permitted UN inspections of its nuclear facilities.

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