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U.S Congressional Aides Visit Venezuela, Discuss Cooperation

A delegation of U.S. congressional aides visited Venezuela this week and met with Roy Daza, president of the Foreign Policy Commission of the National Assembly.

Sarah Stephens, the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas and organizer of the delegation, said that it was a respectful meeting in which Daza and the congressional aides discussed the necessity to strengthen cooperation and improve the relations between Caracas and Washington.

“We feel really satisfied with the meeting. We had the opportunity to talk about diverse foreign policy issues and we have a better understanding of how Venezuela manages its foreign affairs,” said Stephens.

Furthermore, Stephens said that the information collected at the meeting will be delivered to the U.S. Congress “in order to demystify Venezuelan policy, because things are not always black or white,” she said in reference to the biased views that some members of the U.S. Congress and officials have about President Hugo Chávez’s government.

Daza added that the Venezuelan National Assembly is willing to talk to members of the U.S. Congress to improve relations, “provided that they respect our government.”

“The U.S. congressional representatives are bringing a clear message about Venezuelan foreign policy, which is being directed by a serious and responsible government and in accordance with the international law,” he concluded.

Bolivarian News Agency, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office / February 19, 2010

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