Obama & Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says that he is 'inclined to reset US relations, echoing Washington's recent bids to bridge differences with Russia.
Chavez told a local television station during a telephone interview on Saturday that he would use an upcoming Summit of Americas as a platform for brining the embittered relations that suffered considerably during the Bush administration, to a "rational level."
The summit is due to take place in Trinidad and Tobago on April 17-19, and US President Barack Obama plans to attend the summit.
"I wish the summit would be a fitting stage to reset relations of all kinds between the United States and Venezuela. . . I am inclined to push the reset key." Chavez said.
The Venezuelan president, a traditional critic of the US and Washington's 'capitalist' policies, said that he was willing to take the first step out of a desire to improve relations with the White House under Obama.
The comments came during Chavez's visit to Iran, where the two countries signed agreements on economy and energy. The Latin American leader is currently on a visit to Japan.
In March, Obama said the leader was "exporting terrorism" and blocking progress in Latin America. The remarks sparked Caracas's ire, prompting Chavez to describe the new US president as a 'poor ignoramus', who has no grasp of reality.