Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says in a television interview that he has never had direct contact with any American administration and he would like to open a dialogue during the George Bush presidency.
He called Bush "a man who is completely different from Reagan. He's a politician, a factual man, a practical (man)."Reagan used to treat the presidency as a theater where he performs his acts."
Gadhafi spoke through an interpreter during the interview with Barbara Walters, which was conducted Monday in a tent in Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli. The interview is being aired tonight on the ABC program "20-20."
Gadhafi denied that he or his country support terrorism, but he likened Palestinian terrorist leader Abu Nidal to George Washington, Sun Yat-sen and Garibaldi as a liberator of his country.
He advised a "wait and see" position with respect to recent peace overtures toward Israel voiced by Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
He said if Palestinians did get their homeland back, Israel would cease to exist.
He insisted that the chemical plant under construction in his country will produce medicine and not chemical weapons, and said diplomats and reporters would be invited to the opening.
But he said he would not permit the precedent of letting outsiders have access to the plant at will.