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Condoleezza Rice: My creepy dinner with Gaddafi

Published 04/11/2011 | 08:34

Reliving one of her more excruciating moments as America's top diplomat, Condoleezza Rice has described how she had to endure a "creepy" encounter with the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.

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In her new memoir, the former US Secretary of State recounts how she visited Libya soon after Gaddafi's rapprochement with the West.

After dinner, he told Ms Rice he had a video he wanted to show her.

"It was quite an innocent collection of photos of me with world leaders set to the music of a song called 'Black Flower in the White House' written for me by a Libyan composer," she writes. Talking to Piers Morgan on his CNN show, she admitted she found the whole encounter "weird and a bit creepy". But she added: "At least it wasn't raunchy."

She said she was aware of Gaddafi's fixation on her, but "it was my job to go there, do a little bit of diplomatic business, and get out... I am just glad that it all came out all right".

When rebels seeking to oust Gaddafi raided his compound in Tripoli in August, they found a book of photos of the dictator with world leaders including Ms Rice.

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