Obama, Chavez shake hands in Trinidad

April 18th, 2009 - 10:39 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Port-of-Spain, April 18 (DPA) With two broad grins on their faces, the presidents of Venezuela and the US greeted each other with a traditional “solidarity” handshake Friday.
Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama were seen in an informal, animated exchange and sideways handshake in a series of photographs released just as the Summit of the Americas got underway in Trinidad.

The gestures melted eight years of frost between the two countries - a time span when Chavez taunted former president George W. Bush as the personification of evil and Satan.

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