- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 18, 2009

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD (AP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he expects to soon be sending an ambassador back to Washington.

He told reporters at the Summit of the Americas after a day of exchanges with Hillary Clinton and other U.S. diplomats that he’d even decided on the diplomat.

Chavez expelled the U.S. ambassador to his country in September in solidarity with leftist President Evo Morales of Bolivia. Washington reciprocated.

Morales booted the top diplomat in his country for allegedly helping the opposition incite violence.

Chavez has warmed to U.S. President Barack Obama at the summit.

On Saturday, he repeated in English what he told Obama the previous night at their first meeting: “I want to be your friend.”

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