Obama to Meet Gaddafi?

By Sadie Bass

Aug 25, 2009 6:36pm

ABC's Kirit Radia and Karen Travers report: It could happen at the UN next month. The US has called a rare Head of State meeting of the Security Council to discuss non-proliferation. Libya is currently a member of the 15-member council, so it is conceivable that both President Obama and Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi are in the room at the same time. The US has held Libya, which gave up its nuclear program in 2003 for incentives by the US and others, as an example to countries like Iran and North Korea that have their own nuclear aspirations. The US has since sought a better relationship with Libya, looking to increase both security and commercial ties. But, given the frosty state of relations in recent days between Washington and Tripoli over Gaddifi’s jubilant welcome home for the convicted Lockerbie bomber, it will be interesting to see if and how the two leaders interact at the summit. Worth noting, too, that Libya takes over the rotating presidency of the UN General Assembly for September. In an on camera briefing yesterday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said that while Gadhafi will be at the UN General Assembly in September, there is no scheduled meeting between him and Obama and there are no plans to schedule one. "As for seeing Gadhafi at the General Assembly, as you know, this year Gadhafi is the head of the General Assembly. And so, I assume that at some point they'll run into each other, but there's no scheduled meeting and no plans to schedule one," he said.

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