September 7, 2008 / 11:57 PM / 11 years ago

A locket for "Leezza" from "mad dog" Gaddafi

RABAT (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi gave U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice some unique gifts to remember their first encounter, including a necklace with a locket that included a picture of the Libyan leader.

Rice, whom Gaddafi has referred to as “my darling black African woman,” told reporters traveling with her on Sunday that the Libyan leader also gave her a ring as well as a lute.

Rice, or “Leezza” as Gaddafi called her, said she reciprocated with a china plate embossed with the seal of the United States and autographed by her.

Rice said Gaddafi was gracious about the plate. “It is beautiful,” she quoted him as saying.

Another memento of her landmark Tripoli visit on Friday — the first by a U.S. secretary of state in more than half a century — was a copy of Gaddafi’s personal doctrine, or the “Green Book.”

The leader whom the late President Ronald Reagan once called the “mad dog of the Middle East” inscribed it: “With respect and admiration.”

According to State Department rules, gifts given during official visits are not part of Rice’s personal collection.

Reporting by Sue Pleming, editing by Vicki Allen

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