Brazil's President: I expect Chavez-Obama talks

Brazil's president said Friday he expects President-elect Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Venezuela and Bolivia, expressing hope the new US administration will mend fences with the South American leftists who often clashed with the Bush administration. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva raised the possibility of easing conflict with Washington during a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a day after the top US envoy in Caracas also said Washington will seek increased cooperation with Venezuela. Addressing Chavez, Silva said: "I think at some point you and Obama are going to meet. I think Evo (Morales) and Obama also are going to have to meet." "I see the fact that the American public voted in a black man as president ... as an extraordinary sign," Silva said, "and I think that Obama must transfer this gesture of the American people into a sign of transcendence of American policy toward Latin America, respecting our sovereignty, our democracies."