Venezuela's Chavez to meet with Colombia's new president

August 9, 2010 03:28

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his new Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, will meet this week as the first step toward restoring diplomatic relations between the South American neighbors, officials said Sunday.

Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin announced that the two leaders would meet in Colombia on Tuesday.They will attempt to smooth over a diplomatic conflict that boiled over last month when Chavez severed diplomatic ties with the US-allied Colombia after its outgoing president, Alvaro Uribe, accused the socialist leader of permitting Colombian rebels to find refuge within Venezuelan territory.

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