Venezuelan financial aid to Latin America has surpassed U.S. commitments in the region, President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday, shortly after President Bush completed a tour seen by some as an attempt to curtail Chavez's spreading influence in the region.
United States Treasury Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Clay Lowery commended Friday the Inter-American Development Bank's historic approval of a debt relief package that will provide 3.4 billion US dollars in debt reduction for five of the region's poorest countries: Bolivia, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Chile's ambassador to Venezuela was ordered home Wednesday because of a television interview in which he discussed what he said was a private conversation with President Michelle Bachelet about Chile's vote last year in a U.N. Security Council election.
A group of congressmen ousted by Ecuador's top electoral court for trying to block President Rafael Correa's plans for a national referendum forced their way into Congress and took up their seats as rival police forces answering to the executive and legislative branches scuffled with each other.
Immigration, drug trafficking, bio-fuels and insecurity dominated talks in Guatemala between President Bush and his counterpart Oscar Berger. Bush spent Monday in Guatemala before flying to Merida, Mexico the last leg of his five countries trip to the region.
Figures recently released by Chile's National Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (CNC) show tourism investment in 2006 to be the highest in five years. Investment last year reached 2.1 billion US dollars, up 4.7% over 2005.
US President George Bush told his Brazilian counterpart that he has decided to minimize reactions to statements from Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, reported the Brazilian press.
Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first woman president, marked the first year anniversary of her government on Sunday. A darling of the international press, her presidency garnered unprecedented interest abroad by championing her liberal values in what was once South America's most conservative country. Still, she completes her first year with a mixed record.
President George W Bush thanked Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe for his support in the anti-drugs war and promised to work intensely to have US Congress ratify the free trade agreement between both countries.
US and Venezuela presidents George W. Bush and Hugo Chavez, both on Latinamerican tours are the leaders with the lowest standing in the region according to a public opinion survey from Latinobarometro released at the end of 2006.