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Colombian President ?lvaro Uribe arrives in Venezuela

The President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, arrived in Caracas on Tuesday for a meeting with the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías.  The meeting will be held to evaluate progress made in previous accords and to formalize new accords.

Uribe traveled with an entourage of 50 people, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs; Agriculture and Land Development; Transportation; Mining and Energy; and Trade, Industry and Tourism.

Also traveling with President Uribe are the Counter-Narcotics and Counter-Drugs Directors of the Colombian National Police.

The two Presidents will discuss several topics relating to the above in a private meeting.  A bigger meeting will also be held that will be led by Ministers and officials from both governments.

Presidents Chávez and Uribe have met on fourteen occasions.  The last occurred on January 24th in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.  In addition to strengthening a new chapter in commercial and diplomatic relations, this meeting also featured discussion about the creation of a bi-national fund to finance small and medium industries.

According to data from the Colombian-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce, trade between the two countries was worth $7.2 billion in 2008.

The Presidents are expected to give a press conference following the meetings in which the exact number of accords and some details of the accords will be announced to the public.

Agencia Bolivairana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 14, 2009

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