Chavez: Colombian president to visit Venezuela Tuesday

12:45, November 01, 2010      

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Sunday his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos will visit Venezuela Tuesday and they will have a meeting.

"Santos comes on Tuesday. We have to welcome him. I am going to meet him in Miraflores (presidential palace), because we are interested in restoring ties," Chavez said.

Chavez made the comments during his Sunday TV and radio program "Hello, President."

This will be the second meeting between both presidents since Aug. 10, when they met for the first time and agreed to restore diplomatic and commercial ties.

Since then Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro and his Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin have met twice on mending bilateral ties.

"Colombia is Venezuela's brother," Chavez said.

Santos' trip had been planned for last Friday, but it was delayed as requested by Chavez.

During Tuesday's meeting, the two presidents are expected to discuss the transnational gas pipeline project and sign energy, commerce and agriculture agreements.

Santos will travel to Venezuela accompanied by Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera, Mining and Energy Minister Carlos Rodado Noriega and Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Sergio Diaz Granados.



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