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Sócrates meets Venezuelan President

Portuguese Prime Minister, José Sócrates, and Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, have recently held brief talks on the strengthening of bilateral ties and international issues.

Sócrates met with Chavez at Lisbon airport last Sunday, during a stopover by the Latin American leader, who was on his way to visit Russia and Belarus.

A Sócrates aide has explained that the meeting, which took place at the Prime Minister’s request, centered on discussions of Lisbon-Caracas ties and international issues.

On the bilateral front, the aide said the two leaders showed mutual interest in deepening investment and trade relations, especially in the oil sector.

Venezuela has a large Portuguese expatriate community.