CARACAS, Thursday May 26, 2005 | Update
President Hugo Chávez Thursday blamed the Unites States
government for the continuing deterioration in relations between
the two countries.
He ensured that "in the United States there are many closed doors" for Venezuela. He added however that his government is trying to open them again.
Chávez said he met with four US congressmen who visited Caracas. "We have very good relations with countries around the world. We only have problems with the Unites States, and we put the blame on them," he added.
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.