Backgrounder: Previous Summits of the
Backgrounder: Things to watch at 5th
Summit of the Americas
Photos: Trinidad and Tobago prepares for 5th
Summit of Americas
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, April 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President
Barack Obama has no plan to meet his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez at the
Fifth Summit of the Americas, White House said on Thursday.
"There's no one-on-one meeting with Mr. Chavez on the schedule," White
House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters in a briefing in Mexico City, where
Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon ahead of his departure for the
The spokesman, however, did not rule out possibilities of a meeting, saying
President Obama might not walk away if Chavez tried to have a private talk.
"Every time I've pulled the president aside for a conversation, we've had that
conversation, so I assume he would do the same," he said.
Chavez praised Obama's decision to close the detention facility in U.S.
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba and described Obama as an improvement over the
Bush administration. He has said he hopes to reset relations with the United
States at the summit.
The U.S.-Venezuela relations, which have been tense for nearly a decade,
grew increasingly strained under former U.S. President George W. Bush. Venezuela
expelled the U.S. ambassador and withdrew its envoy to Washington in September
The three-day summit is about to start on April 17 in Trinidad and Tobago's
capital Port of Spain.