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Secretary Rice: Travel to Portugal, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, September 4-7, 2008

Secretary Rice and Moroccan President Fassi Fihri in Rabat on September 7, 2008. [© AP Image]
Secretary Rice Visits Morocco
Secretary Rice (Sept. 7):
" This has been an opportunity, the visit to Libya, where we established, really, the way forward for constructive relations, to Tunis, to Algiers, and now here, in Morocco, to talk about the ways that the United States can help this region, the Maghreb region, with the many challenges that it has, but also with the many opportunities that it has." Full Text

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice receives gift from Libyan leader Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi. State Dept. photo/David Y. Lee
Photos from the trip

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to Portugal, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco from September 4 to September 7. The Secretary was in Lisbon for meetings with senior officials in the Portuguese Government. Secretary Rice met with Libyan, Tunisian, Algerian and Moroccan officials to discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.

The Secretary’s visit to Libya signified a new chapter in U.S-Libyan bilateral relations. Secretary Rice is the first Secretary of State to travel to Libya since John Foster Dulles in 1953. Normalized relations between the two countries enable the expansion of bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including education and culture, commerce, science and technology, security and human rights.

Remarks made during the trip
--09/07/08 Remarks with Moroccan Foreign Minister Fassi Fihri
--09/06/08 Remarks After Meeting with Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika
--09/06/08 Roundtable with Traveling Press
--09/06/08 Remarks En Route to Algiers, Algeria
--09/06/08 Remarks After Meeting with Tunisian President Ben Ali
--09/06/08 Interview with Zain Verjee of CNN
--09/05/08 Remarks with Libyan Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Muhammad Shalgam
--09/05/08  Interview With Erin Burnett of CNBC
--09/05/08 Remarks En Route Tripoli, Libya with Traveling Press
--09/05/08 Secretary Rice's Remarks With Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado
--09/03/08 Assistant Secretary DeSutter's Briefing on the History of Libya’s WMD Effort and Dismantlement Program and Libya’s Renunciation of Terrorism
--09/02/08 Assistant Secretary Welch Briefs on U.S.-Libya Relations

Information related to the trip
--09/05/08 U.S.-Libyan Relations, 1786-2008: Chronology
--09/05/08 U.S.-Libyan Relations, 1786-2006: A Narrative
--09/02/08 Current State of U.S.-Libya Bilateral Relationship 
--09/02/08 Relations with Libya
--09/02/08 Significant Events in U.S.-Libyan Relations

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