Venezuelan Leader Reaches out to Obama
The New York Times reported Saturday that President Hugo Chávez said that he would be willing to engage in direct talks with President Obama to repair the relationship between the United States and Venezuela.
Chávez had at first been a critic of the Obama Administration after President Obama questioned Venezuela's about funding a Colombian guerrilla group. Last month Chávez said that President Obama's administration had the "same stench" as the last one.
Now Chávez is welcoming discussions with the United States on how to improve the relationship between the two countries which started to tarnish two years ago.
This comes a day before the Venezuelan people vote in a referendum to allow Chávez to stay in power past 2013.
A Spanish member of the EU Parliament, an referendum observer, was expelled from the country Saturday after calling Chávez a dictator.