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President Ch?vez hopes Venezuela enters Mercosur before May 26

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, indicated that he hopes Venezuela’s entry into the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) will be finalized prior to his meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Bahía, Brazil on May 26th.

President Chávez made this statement on Wednesday during a Ministerial Council meeting held in Miraflores Palace.

“The conversation we recently had with the Brazilian Foreign Minister was very positive.  We hope that Venezuela’s entry into Mercosur is finalized as quickly as possible.  A commission was named to make final technical revisions and small changes that need to be resolved; we hope to have them solved before the meeting we will have with Lula in Bahía,” the President declared.

President Chávez said he hopes that all of the requirements are completed because that would strengthen Mercosur and the union of South America.

Moreover, the President emphasized that work on the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) continues, as does the integration of the Caribbean with Central America.

In this regard, Chávez indicated he spoke with Álvaro Colón, President of Guatemala, who said his country was interested in ALBA and would send its foreign minister to Venezuela within the next few days.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 30, 2009

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