[Marxism] Mexico warms to Venezuela, Cuba with new envoys

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 10 00:22:51 MDT 2007


Mexico warms to Venezuela, Cuba with new envoys
Thu Aug 9, 2007 7:00PM EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN0926040320070809

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has named new ambassadors to Venezuela
and Cuba as President Felipe Calderon seeks to mend fences with the
two socialist countries after several years of diplomatic disputes.

The foreign ministry announced on Thursday it will send Mexico's
current ambassador to Colombia, Jesus Chacon, to Caracas after a
two-year break without a top envoy there.

Relations hit a low in 2005 when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
called Mexico's then-President Vicente Fox a "lap dog" of the United
States.

Calderon, a conservative who took office last December, has vowed to
move Mexico nearer to Latin America while keeping close ties to key
trade partner the United States.

His government asked Congress on Wednesday to send a new ambassador,
Gabriel Jimenez, to Cuba to replace one named by Fox, who also fought
with Havana over human rights.

Chavez, a vocal anti-U.S. foe, this week acknowledged Mexico's
efforts at rapprochement.

"We have heard the messages from Mexico and we have no choice but to
respond in the same way," Chavez said in Buenos Aires, naming his own
ambassador to Mexico.

Calderon narrowly won Mexico's presidential election last year and
had to fight off claims of vote fraud by his leftist opponent, Andres
Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Chavez, the most visible face of Latin America's resurgent leftist
politics, initially refused to recognize Calderon's victory.

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