CARACAS, Tuesday January 20, 2009 | Update
Barack Obama and his wife walked during the inauguration parade to the White House (Photo: Jae Hong / AP)
Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Caracas John Caulfield advocated on Tuesday for a "respectful dialogue" between his country and Venezuela, despite "differences" and said he was optimistic of the upcoming relationship, Efe reported.
"I think that both countries are willing to start a dialogue that could lead to a normal relationship, because the relationship is not normal now," the US diplomat told Efe at the US Embassy in Caracas, where the inauguration of President Barack Obama was directly watched.
"Despite the differences we have, and the differences we will have, I think we can hold a respectful dialogue, where we can take issue with certain things, but at the same time, we can realize that we have more things in common than we think," he said.
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.