Rice to meet with Libyan FM amid warming ties between US and Libya

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will welcome Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam for talks Thursday on the countries' changing relationship, the State Department said. Libya and the US have enjoyed warming ties since the African nation once regarded by Washington as a terrorist threat renounced weapons of mass destruction in 2003. The US and Libya have resumed full diplomatic relations, and Libya has won a seat on the powerful UN Security Council, which deals with issues of international peace and security. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Wednesday that for the two countries to continue along a positive path, "there's still a lot to be done with respect to instituting basic freedoms within Libya."