Chavez, Clinton shake hands, chat amid tensions

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 2, 2011 03:12

 President Hugo Chavez and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shook hands and chatted briefly Saturday in a rare cordial encounter amid a diplomatic dispute that has left Venezuela and the United States without ambassadors in each other's capitals.

The handshake came as leaders were milling about at the inauguration of new Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. It was unclear what Chavez and Clinton discussed.

Both governments have shown firmly entrenched stances in the past week as the United States revoked the Venezuelan ambassador's visa in response to Chavez's refusal to accept the chosen US envoy.


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