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Chavez to meet with Colombia’s new president

Posted in News and Articles by politicalrisklatam on August 9, 2010

by Christopher Toothaker for The Washington Post, August 9th, 2010.

A bitter diplomatic faceoff between Venezuela and Colombia over allegations President Hugo Chavez let leftist rebels take refuge in his country – a dispute that has seen stinging insults and talk of possible war – could be cooling now that power has shifted in Colombia.

Chavez and Colombia’s new president, Juan Manuel Santos, plan to take the first step toward restoring relations between the South American neighbors Tuesday when they sit down together in Colombia, their foreign ministers announced Sunday.

Both leaders have said they desire friendly and mutually respectful diplomatic ties, a sharp contrast to the acrimonious relations between Chavez and Santos’ predecessor, Alvaro Uribe. (continue reading… )

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