US claims to have substantial issues to discuss with Venezuela
Washington is interested in getting links with Caracas back to normal
"We have important issues to discuss with the Government of Venezuela," the spokesperson told AFP. "I cannot anticipate when both governments will be prepared to exchange ambassadors."
Venezuelan Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro upheld on Monday apropos the reelection of US President Barack Obama, that his government "has no problem" to replace the ambassadors lacking in both countries for more than two years.
"We have always said that we expect that someday the relations between the US government and the revolutionary government of President (Hugo) Chávez in Venezuela (...) will be based on respect, equity among States and non-meddling," Maduro reasoned.
In the words of Ostick, "The US deems it important to hold diplomatic relations, particularly where there are bilateral tensions."
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.