Chinese President Hu Jintao cancelled a planned visit to Venezuela on Saturday as part of his Latin American tour because of a strong earthquake in northwestern China that left more than 600 people dead, President Hugo Chávez said on Thursday during his visit to Nicaragua.
President Hu "called me and told me (..) that unfortunately he had to cancel a visit to Venezuela on Saturday," as he has to address the emergency situation following a quake, Chávez said during a press conference in Managua after a meeting with his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega, AFP reported.
Chávez agreed with the Chinese leader to reschedule the visit, in a telephone conversation in which the Venezuelan president expressed his condolences to his Chinese counterpart for the tragedy.
HYDROCARBONS Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Ramírez discussed on Monday with Russian authorities the status of the oil market and the sustained plunge in oil prices, the Venezuelan Foreign Office reported.
OIL Russia and Venezuela discussed joint actions to fight falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks on Monday with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.
PDVSA Russian oil giant Rosneft said on Monday that it had signed a new oil and byproducts supply agreement with Venezuelan state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa).