CARACAS, Tuesday January 20, 2009 | Update
Barack Obama and his wife walked during the inauguration parade to the White House (Photo: Jae Hong / AP)
Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Caracas John Caulfield advocated on Tuesday for a "respectful dialogue" between his country and Venezuela, despite "differences" and said he was optimistic of the upcoming relationship, Efe reported.
"I think that both countries are willing to start a dialogue that could lead to a normal relationship, because the relationship is not normal now," the US diplomat told Efe at the US Embassy in Caracas, where the inauguration of President Barack Obama was directly watched.
"Despite the differences we have, and the differences we will have, I think we can hold a respectful dialogue, where we can take issue with certain things, but at the same time, we can realize that we have more things in common than we think," he said.
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.