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Report: Gaddafi showered Condoleezza Rice with gifts
US government report says Libya's leader did not hide his admiration for then-secretary of state during her historic visit to Tripoli last year, calling her 'Leeza' rather than her nickname 'Condi'
Libya's leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi showered then-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with gifts during her historic visit to Tripoli last year, according to a government report.

 

Gaddafi, who did not hide his admiration for the woman he called "Leeza" rather than her nickname "Condi," gave her a diamond ring in a wood box, a locket with his photograph and a DVD with a musical instrument.

 

The value of the gifts amounted to $212,225, according to the 2008 annual report of gifts given to members of the US administration that was published in the Federal Register.

 

The first US chief diplomat to travel to Libya for 55 years, Rice received the gifts when she met Gaddafi on her visit to Tripoli on September 5.

 

The Federal Register did not specify what instrument she received, but the official Libyan news agency JANA previously reported that Gadaffi presented her with a lute.

 

Rice's spokesman Sean McCormack also received a gift from Gaddafi: a Swiss watch bearing a portrait of the Libyan leader.

 

All the presents become public property as US law bars any representative of the US government from receiving a present from a foreign government.

 


פרסום ראשון: 06.26.09, 16:52
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