- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (AP) - The Colombian singer Shakira says she learned after the fact that one of six guitars she signed at a concert in Venezuela made its way to President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez had thanked Shakira for the red guitar over the weekend, suggesting he believed it was a gift.

But Shakira’s press office says in a statement that during her March concert, the artist “signed 6 guitars at the request of the event’s organizers.” It added she learned Monday that “one of them was sent to the President’s office.”

Shakira’s office says it hopes “acts like this contribute to continue uniting the citizens” of Colombia and Venezuela.

Information Minister Andres Izarra had said the guitar had been sent by “the people who organized her concert.”

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