Chavez says willing to talk with Obama, improve relations

December 15th, 2008 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaCaracas, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he is ready to talk to Barack Obama after the latter is inaugurated US president Jan 20 and expressed hope that relations would improve under the new setup in Washington.”I believe relations are going to improve,” Chavez told Venezuelan journalist and former vice president Jose Vicente Rangel during a televised interview Sunday.

The leftist leader also welcome Hillary Clinton’s appointment to the top diplomatic position in the new US administration.

The Venezuelan leader, however, warned against startling changes and suggested that patience, good faith and spirit would be key factors in improving relations between the two countries.

Relations between the two countries are now at their lowest point with Caracas accusing Washington of trying to promote an anti-Chavez coup in April, 2002.

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