Venezuelan FM suspends trip to Lima after call from Havana
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua was slated to meet on Friday with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, who traveled to Havana on January 12. "Jaua's visit will be rescheduled in the coming days," said a diplomatic source in Peru. It was not possible to determine where the cancellation was linked to the health condition of President Hugo Chávez
"President Hugo Chávez has called Foreign Minister Elías Jaua to Havana; his visit has been postponed," a diplomatic source that requested anonymity told AFP.
The announcement came hours before Jaua departed from Caracas for Lima. Sources were not available to confirm whether the cancellation of the trip is linked to a health setback of President Chávez, who has been convalescing in Havana for more than two months following a fourth cancer operation.
Jaua was expected in Lima on Thursday night at the military airport, where he was to be received by Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister was to be received on Friday by President Ollanta Humala, who traveled to Havana on January 12.
"Jaua's visit will be rescheduled in the coming days," added the Peruvian diplomatic source.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.