“Our visit with Col. Qadhafi has come at a critical time for both the United States and Libya, and we stressed the importance of being forward-looking as our nations seek to further strengthen our bilateral relationship,” said Boehner.
“It has been nearly two years since the Bush Administration announced its intention to restore diplomatic relations with Libya, and since then, the Libyan government has taken key steps toward reintegrating as a partner in the world community and in the War on Terror.”
For decades the United States had no relations with the country after Qadhafi used oil revenue to support terrorism abroad, including the bombing of Pan AM Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Qadhafi however, has renounced his support of terrorism and abandoned his nuclear weapons programs over the last decade, and has been working towards compensating the victims of terrorist attacks Libya helped sponsor.
“Col. Qadhafi and I also discussed how vital it is for his government to continue taking these steps – including settling claims to fully accept responsibility for past actions and offenses – in order for this progress to continue,” Boehner said.
Several other lawmakers joined Boehner on the trip to Israel, Tunisia and Morocco including Rep. John Carter (R-TX), Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL).