Chavez, Clinton discuss possible normalization of diplomatic relations 2009-04-19 05:15:46   Print

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton here to discuss a possible normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    Both the two are here for the Fifth Summit of the Americas, which would conclude on Sunday.

    The president confirmed the meeting in an interview with Venezuelan state television, saying he discussed with Clinton the opportunity to appoint new ambassadors in both countries.

    The meeting was among fresh good interactions between Caracas and Washington.

    President Chavez and U.S. President Barack Obama exchanged greetings and shook hands Friday night minutes before the inaugural session of the Americas summit.

    As a further goodwill gesture, Chavez on Saturday morning presented Obama a book titled "The Open Veins of Latin America" by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano.

    It seems that the U.S.-Venezuela relations would turn warm during the three-day summit, which is the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Obama took office.

    The bilateral relations have been tense in recent years.

    President Chavez ordered the expulsion of the U.S. Ambassador on September 11, 2008 in solidarity with the Bolivian government's decision to expel the U.S. Ambassador in La Paz.

    The Bush administration ordered the reciprocal expulsion of the Venezuelan Ambassador in Washington. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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