Fm AmEmbassy Tripoli

To Sec State Wash DC

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Subject: American people's delegation (WAFD Sha'bi) in Tripoli.

1. Under the above Sept. 23 announced that on the evening of Sept. 27 Billy Carter and two Georgia state senators arrived in Tripoli for a four-day visit which falls within the framework of good relations and also within the people's contacts which have been made by the foreing liaiso office with vaiious people's organization in the world."

2. Billy Carter and seven other Georgians are indeed in Tripoli where they are visiting local officials and touristic sites in the area. although there is considerable interest in the visit, particularly in the American and foreign communities. Local media coverage has been routine.

3. Billy Carter has told us that he will refrain from making any political comments, and this has been borne out thus far. For example, in reply to a long welcoming speech at the airport by the assistant head of the Foreign Liaison Office. Billy shook hands and most amiably said "Thank you."

4. The Foreign Liaison Bureau of the General People's Congress is libya's parallel foreign ministry which deals with people and organizations rather than with governments. Although its purpose is in part to circumvent possible differences at a government-to-government level, local officials have gone out of their way to include American Embassy personnel in the program.

-- Eagleton

Fm SecState WashDC

To AmEmbassy Tripoli immediate

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Subject: Georgia delegation to Tripoli

1. Following item appeared top of page 10 in September 29 Washington Post: Quote No Beer for Billy on Libyan Visit

From news services . . .

2. NBC evening news on September 28 also carried a report -- concentrating on the beer problem.

-- Christopher

Fm AmEmbassy Tripoli

To SecState WashDC immediate

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Subject: Billy Carter and Tripoli

1. Since Billy Carter's arrival Sept. 27, we have seen him and members of group on a number of occasions, including private luncheon Sept. 28 at residence. I have briefed him on sensitive nature of U.S-Libyan relations about which he already had some background. He has scrupulously avoided political comments of any kind in front of Libyans to the extent of not replying to Ahmad Shahati's Sept. 28 after-dinner welcoming speech (which criticized USG support of Israel). Libyan coverage of visit remains routine with most references to "American people's delegation" rather than to Billy Carter by name.

2. Some members of Georgia delegation obviously are interested in relieving Libya of some of its petro dollars, though they do not seem to have made much progress yet. The group is spending today, Sept. 29, on motor trip to Leptis Magnus. A meeting with Qadhafi is not yet scheduled. We will be giving large reception evening Sept. 30 for the American community, where excitment is running high on news of Billy Carter's presence, and he has agreed to visit American Oil Company School Oct. 1, Delegation will probably leave for Rome and U.S. later Oct. 1, or possibly Oct. 2.

-- Eagleton

Fm AmEmbassy Tripoli

To SecState Wash DC


1. Billy Carter and the Georgia delegation, including state senators Hudgins and Russell, left Tripoli for Rome 1500 hours Oct. 1. With the disappearance of the Imam Musa al-Sadr freshly in mind, we accompanied the Georgia delegation from the VIP lounge to the door of the aircraft. One of the Georgians, Leonard Long, has remained behind presumably to look into business opportunities.

2. Libyan media coverage of the visit remained routine throughout, though we have not seen their final reports, Colonel Quaddafi has not returned to Tropoli since the steadfastness summit in Damascus. Press reports have him in Benghazi, but rumors circulating in the foreign ministry suggest he might be in West Germany. In any case, he delegated Libya's number two. Major Jallud, to receive the delegation on his behalf Oct. 1.

3. From what we were able to put together from reports by delegation members, Jallud's comments during the half-hour meeting were moderate, though they included reference to disagrrements between Libya and U.S. re [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE] the Middle East. He also apparently made the point that Libya's efforts to improve relations with U.S. had not been reciprocated.

4. The biggest impact of Billy Carter's visit was probably made on the American community, some 400 of whom turned out on short notice at a garden reception at the embassy residence Sept. 30. This was followed Oct. 1 by Billy Carter's visit to the oil company school where he spoke to the 720 students, about a third of whom are Americans. Many of the guests at the embassy reception went on to a dinner hosted by the Libyan-American Friendship Society, after which, for the first time at any of the social functions. Billy replied to welcoming remarks by head of the liaison bureau, Ahmad Shahati. In his short statement, he referred to evidence of reapid progress, particularly in the agricultural field, that he had witnessed. He did not, however, nor did his host, refer to any political issues.

5. As far as we can see, there has been no negative fallout from Billy Carter's visit to Tripoli. In fact, on the local scene we would rate it a very positive event which has opened some doors for this embassy and raised the morale of the American community. Furthermore, it has brought the embassy, the American community, and an important element of the Libyan government (the liaison bureau) together in a way which could prove useful in the future.

-- Eagleton