Brazil and Venezuela's foreign ministers hold a closed-door meeting
Antonio Patriota and Nicolás Maduro are meeting on Thursday in Caracas to discuss Venezuela's adjustment of tariffs following its entry to the Common Market of the South (Mercosur)
The closed-door meeting is taking place in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, specifically in the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called la Casa Amarilla (the Yellow House). High-level delegations from both countries will take part in the talks.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."