Venezuela to protest over FM's treatment in NY

September 26, 2006 23:58

President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday Venezuela will summon the US ambassador to issue a diplomatic protest because the foreign minister was temporarily detained by authorities at a New York airport. Chavez warned Venezuela could take similar measures if it happens again. Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro says authorities at John F. Kennedy International airport tried to frisk and handcuff him Saturday as he tried to catch a flight after attending the UN General Assembly session. "We're going to put out a protest note, and the US ambassador in Venezuela will be called," Chavez told reporters. "And in that protest note, it says 'If that happens again, we would be obligated to give at least equal treatment to whomever."'

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