Venezuelan and the United States Re-Establish Relations and Ambassadors

Today,
the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Bernando Alvarez,
will re-take his position in Washington,
and the US
ambassador to Venezuela,
Patrick Duddy, will return to Venezuela
this weekend, the respective foreign ministries said.
By Tamara Pearson – Venezuelanalysis.com
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Mérida,
June 26th 2009
(Venezuelanalysis.com) - Today, the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Bernando
Alvarez, will re-take his position in Washington,
and the US
ambassador to Venezuela,
Patrick Duddy, will return to Venezuela
this weekend, the respective foreign ministries said.

In
September last year Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expelled the US ambassador
in Venezuela in a gesture of solidarity with Bolivia, who had expelled its US
ambassador in response to evidence that the ambassador had met with separatist
opposition groups. The US
then removed its ambassador from Venezuela.

Alvarez
called the re-establishment of relations between the two countries a "historic
decision" and said that it expressed a change in the United States, exemplified
by the US's attitude in this month's meeting of the Organisation of American
States (OAS) where the US was perceived as more diplomatically friendly and
open towards Latin American countries.

Alvarez
is also president of the newly named Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)
and he said it is not clear yet who will take on that position.

Since
Barack Obama became president of the US in January both countries'
presidents have expressed a desire to restore relations. On Wednesday, Ian
Kelly from the US State Department said the renewed ties came out of the recent
Summit of the Americas in April where, "Clinton and President Chavez spoke [and
since then], both our governments have worked toward the goal of returning
ambassadors to our respective capitals.