PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad: United States President, Barack Obama will have a face-to-face meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez in April in Port of Spain, when the two leaders will be among three dozen heads of government and state at the three day Summit of the Americas.
They’ll be discussing energy issues:
Top of the agenda of the Summit will be burning energy issues in which both the United States and Venezuela have a keen interest.
The Trinidad Express reported that Noguera told newsmen that Secretariat Chairman, Ambassador Carlos Luis Alberto Rodriguez indicated that Venezuela and the USA were at loggerheads on energy issues to be highlighted in the Declaration of Port of Spain. The declaration — outlining policy goals in coming years for the 34 countries in the Americas in the fields of energy, education, environment and health — will be signed by the leaders during the April 17-19 summit.
Asked to identify the contentious energy issues between the two countries, Noguera noted, “Any energy related issues that exist or emerge between the United States and Venezuela will be discussed during the Summit by both leaders who are expected to be present.”
I was just on the phone talking about this with a friend, who is absolutely disgusted, not only because of the current wave of anti-Semitism but also because of the way the Chavez government is repressing student demonstrations.
Ed Morrissey adds,
Now we stand at the event, and we have to wonder what “preparations” have taken place for this summit meeting. Has Chavez stopped funding FARC terrorists? Has Obama even demanded that publicly in these first two weeks in office? If he has, it’s escaped the attention of the press, and certainly Chavez hasn’t repudiated FARC since the discovery of his funding in the Colombian raid last fall.
Any individual meeting of Obama with Chavez will give the aura of legitimizing Chavez and his policies.
I contacted the White House to verify that story, but I also want to know if Pres. Obama’s meeting with Pres. Uribe to explain why the Dems aren’t approving the Free Trade Agreement. I’m waiting for the White House to reply to my inquiry.
Something tells me it’ll be a long wait.