CARACAS, Monday October 05, 2009 | Update
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa will visit Venezuela on Wednesday to review along with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez a series of oil and energy agreements, which are in force, the Ecuadorian government said on Monday.
Correa will be accompanied by several ministers in the context of a binational summit that both governments have planned to hold every four months, told AFP a source of the presidency of Ecuador.
The presidents and their officials will review agreements signed in several areas such as oil, energy, mines and tourism, the source added. He said that a group of Ecuadorian delegates would arrive in Venezuela on Monday.
The parties have not ruled out the possibility of signing new agreements as part of the Correa-Chávez alliance, which promotes the so-called "21st century socialism."
The visit of the Ecuadorian officials comes after Correa accepted at the end of September the donation of six Mirage 50 jets by the Venezuelan government. Correa's government is planning to use the airplanes to train Ecuadorian pilots.
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.