LIBYA — For the first time in more than half a century, a high-ranking U.S. official, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, is in Libya. She arrived here on Friday to meet with the man whom Ronald Reagan famously called the "mad dog of the Middle East."
But that was then. Rice, after waiting at the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel for an hour as the Ramadan sun set, finally got word that Col. Moammar Gadhafi was ready to receive her at his Bab al Azizia residence — the same compound bombed by the U.S. in 1986 during the height of tensions with Libya.
Amid a swarm of cameras and reporters, she walked into the receiving room where Gadhafi, clad in a flowing white robe, purple and gold sash, and a green Africa brooch, stood waiting to greet her. He didn't shake her hand; instead, he put his hand against his heart in a gesture that North African men often use to greet women.
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