Venezuelan President Meets Libyan Leader
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on a tour of all OPEC member states, called for solidarity within the oil cartel during a meeting Sunday with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, officials said.
Chavez, who arrived in Tripoli at dawn after a visit to Indonesia, spoke with Kadhafi about international issues of common interest and called for OPEC nations' "solidarity to face certain countries' attempts to lower prices," the officials said.
The Venezuelan president, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is visiting all the cartel's members in preparation for a summit to be held in Caracas in September, to mark OPEC's 40th anniversary.
Chavez drew fire from Washington by insisting on including Iraq in his tour, becoming the first head of state to visit the country since it attracted international sanctions by invading Kuwait in 1990 - TRIPOLI (AFP)
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