Brazilian president, Colombian president-elect hold phone talks to soothe ties

15:19, July 31, 2010      

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva held a telephone conversation on Friday with Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos to ease uneasiness in relations between the two countries over the Colombia-Venezuela conflict.

The talks came a day after outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe called "deplorable" Lula's statement that the Colombia-Venezuela conflict was a "personal matter" between Uribe and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"President Lula was satisfied (with his talks with Santos). He believes the conversation was productive, as it helped undo the tensions between Brazil and Colombia," Brazilian presidential spokesman Marcelo Baumbach told reporters.

Baumbach also said that there had been no scheduled meeting between Lula and Uribe, who will leave office on Aug. 7.

Venezuela had cut off ties with Colombia after Uribe's government accused Caracas of harboring its rebel militants, a charge firmly denied by Venezuela.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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