CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez says he's willing to talk with Barack Obama if the Democratic candidate wins Tuesday's U.S. election.
Relations between Caracas and Washington are at their lowest
point in years but Chavez says they could improve in an Obama
During a televised speech today, Chavez said he would meet with
Obama only "on equal and respectful terms."
In September, Chavez ordered the U.S. ambassador out of
Venezuela, accusing him of involvement in a purported assassination
plot. U.S. officials deny it. He also recalled his ambassador from
Washington and suggested that relations would not be fully restored
until President Bush leaves office.
Chavez said today, quote, "Hopefully with Obama, we will enter
a new phase."