CARACAS, Monday September 07, 2009 | Update
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez said on Monday he would like to help his US counterpart Barack Obama, for thinking that "his intentions are good."
Chávez's remarks were made on arriving in the Des Bains Hotel at Venice, where he dropped on Monday to attend the premiere of "South of the Border." The documentary film featuring him by US director Oliver Stone was to be exhibited as part of the Venice Film Festival.
"I think that Obama is well-intentioned and would like to help him," said Chávez, and added that the new US President "is good to talk to," unlike his predecessor, George W. Bush, Efe reported.
The Venezuelan president also noted that both of them are "of the same generation" and that Obama "has a good instinct; he is a wise man."
As for his relations with the Catholic Church, "they are good," and while "some bishop" could criticize him, he would like to meet with the Pope.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.