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Venezuela, despite friction, to name envoy to United States

Published on Feb 25, 2014 2:51 PM
 
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters during a rally in Caracas on Monday, Feb 24, 2014. Venezuela, which has been at odds with the United States for years and announced the expulsion of three US diplomats last week, will nominate an ambassador to Washington on Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuela, which has been at odds with the United States for years and announced the expulsion of three US diplomats last week, will nominate an ambassador to Washington on Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday.

Foreign Minister Elias Jaua will announce the ambassador designate on Tuesday, Maduro said in an event broadcast on state TV.

Venezuela and the US have not had ambassadors in each others' countries since 2010. Venezuela has denounced the US as a meddling capitalist empire and Washington has been wary of the leftist government of the late Hugo Chavez and his successor, Maduro, and its ties with countries such as Cuba and Iran.

The two sides started talking last year about resuming full blown relations, but the negotiations fell apart in September.

 
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