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Presidents Ch?vez and Obama have second meeting in Trinidad and Tobago

President Hugo Chávez had a second meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, on Sunday during an exit session of heads of state at the Diplomatic Center in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the Fifth Summit of the Americas.

President Obama walked over to the Venezuelan President to say goodbye and made a joke comparing President Chávez to Oprah Winfrey, in that every book they mention becomes a best seller.

The comment was a reference to the increased U.S. sales of “Open Veins of Latin America”, a book by Uruguayan intellectual Eduardo Galeano.  The book shot up in sales after President Chávez gave President Obama copy on Saturday as a gift.

Following the greeting, Obama requested an informal, but more private, conversation that lasted for five minutes.

At the end of the summit, President Chávez had said that both Presidents expressed their willingness to start a new stage in relations.  “Both of us agree that we have different focuses, but we both have the strong desire to work together,” Chávez indicated.

Although neither Venezuela nor other members of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) signed the Summit’s final document because they consider it inconsistent with global realities, President Chávez said “this was done as a matter of principle, but we do subscribe to the climate that has been created here.”

On Saturday, President Chávez designed Roy Chaderton as a candidate for Ambassador to the United States and asked Nicolás Maduro, Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, to prepare the necessary documents to finalize this designation.

Prensa Presidencial, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 19, 2009

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