Chavez confirms Tuesday summit with Colombia's new president

10:33, August 09, 2010      

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrives at Simon Bolivar's tomb in Caracas July 24, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez confirmed Sunday he will travel to Bogota Tuesday to meet his new Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in a bid to mend the bilateral ties.

The president said in a TV program that top on the summit's agenda would be restoring bilateral relations.

Venezuela severed diplomatic relations with Colombia on July 22 after Bogota accused Caracas of harboring Colombian rebel groups on its soil and took the case to international organizations. But the two sides moved toward restoring relations as Santos was sworn in as Colombia's new president Saturday.

Chavez said he and Santos will also discuss bilateral trade, transport, agriculture, drugs, trafficking and Colombian rebel groups.

As a sign of goodwill, the president sent his foreign minister Nicolas Maduro to attend Santos' inauguration ceremony and directed him to arrange a bilateral summit.

Chavez also watched live TV broadcast of Sunday's talks between Maudro, Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin and Secretary-General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Nestor Kirchner.

During that meeting, the two foreign ministers agreed on the date and location of the upcoming Chavez-Santos summit.

Chavez also said he appreciated Kirchner's mediating role in the Venezuela-Colombia feud.

Source: Xinhua


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