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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Chavez, SouthAm Leaders Busy in Doha
Doha, Apr 1.- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visited Wednesday the Al Jazeera channel to testify the signing of an accord between that Qatari TV channel and the Telesur chain, while other South American rulers continue networking here.
Chavez and his delegation were welcomed by executives from that Arab channel at its Doha headquarters, along with Telesur president Andres Lizarra, who inked the cooperation accord between both companies.
Sources from the Venezuelan presidency told Prensa Latina that the head of State toured facilities and gave an interview, highlighting his presence in Qatar for the Second Summit of Heads of State of South America and Arab countries (ASPA).
As Chavez told this agency shortly before arriving in Doha early Tuesday, he also held bilateral meetings with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Lebanon's Michel Suleiman, Libya's Muammar Al-Gaddafi, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Chilean President and UNASUR pro-tempore chairwoman Michelle Bachelet met with Al-Thani, and Arab League general secretary Amr Moussa, according to official sources from that South American country.
Among multiple bilateral contacts of South American heads of State with Arab leaders are those of Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with Emir Al-Thani, and Qatar's crown prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
Argentinean stateswoman Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ratified her nation's support to establish an independent Palestinian state that lives in peace with that of Israel, during Tuesday talks with her Palestinian peer Mahmoud Abbas.
Fernandez greeted affectionately her Bolivian peer Evo Morales, who slammed in his speech the capitalist model and drew international support for legalizing coca leaf production while fighting cocaine.
Several of the eight South American heads of State already left for their countries, after attending a regional summit termed successful with strong statements on current problems. (Prensa Latina)
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