Colonel Gaddafi’s desire to bring Libya back into the international fold has paid off.

The US has followed the lead of the UN by renewing "full diplomatic relations with Libya and deciding to remove it from its list of countries that support terrorism." (BBC News) The United Nations lifted sanctions against Libya in September.

Some of the actions taken by Gaddafi that have earned him esteem in the rest of the world include renouncing weapons of mass destruction in 2004, and agreeing to pay compensation to families of victims in the Lockerbie bombing in 2003.

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