Chavez: U.S. diplomat Thomas Shannon welcome in Venezuela
Venezuela's president said Sunday that he would welcome a visit by a top U.S. State Department official and hopes to build close ties with like-minded Americans despite his vehement opposition to President Bush.
Hugo Chavez said Thomas Shannon, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, had called his foreign minister to say he wanted to visit, and that Chavez did not object.
However, "he shouldn't come to cause problems, to provoke," Chavez said. "If he shows respect we'll respect him."
The Venezuelan president spoke after meeting with a group of visiting Americans who thanked him for shipping discounted heating oil to low-income U.S. communities this winter.
Chavez didn't say when Shannon would visit, and U.S. Embassy officials said they had no comment.
The visiting Americans were treated as guests of honor during Chavez's weekly radio and television program, broadcast from the eastern town of El Tigre.
"We want to thank you personally for what you're doing for people," said James Sappier, a chief of the Penobscot Indian tribe near Bangor, Maine, who gave Chavez a carved prayer staff and prayed with him.
He was among more than 60 Americans who visited from New York, Vermont and other northeastern states where Venezuela's U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum Corp. arranged for delivery of millions of gallons of discounted heating oil.
Chavez, a fierce critic of Bush, insists the U.S. government has systematically sought ways to overthrow him in order to seize Venezuela's vast oil reserves. U.S. officials have denied that and accuse the Cuban-allied Chavez of posing a threat to democracies in the region.
Chavez Sunday also accused Washington of trying to undermine newly elected Bolivian President Evo Morales. The guests on his program included Sandinista presidential candidate Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, who accused the U.S. of interfering in his country's upcoming elections.
Conversation with Assistant Secretary of State Tom Shannon
When: Today Monday, April 24, 2006 at 3:00pm
Where Georgetown University ICC Auditorium Ticket/RSVP This event requires a ticket or RSVP Event details Details Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., will answer students' questions in an open dialogue.
Who is Thomas A. Shannon?
He was confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs on October 7, 2005.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Shannon served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2003 to 2005. From 2002 to 2003, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, where he was Director of Andean Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He was U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) from 2000 to 2001.
He served as Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council from 1999 to 2000; as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from 1996 to 1999; and as Regional Labor Attaché at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa from 1992 to 1996.
During his career as a Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Shannon also served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 1989 to 1992; as Country Officer for Cameroon, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe from 1987 to 1989; and as the Consular/Political Rotational Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala from 1984 to 1986.
Mr. Shannon holds a Doctorate and a Master's degree in politics from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Government and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary.
Please RSVP on link below. Doors open at 2:45. No large bags will be permitted in the auditorium.
I will be there on campus to meet, and to ask him some few questions about this marriage a 3. Venezuela, Haiti, and the USA.
I will keep Ann Pale ‘s members posted. This is the guy who replaced Roger Noriega as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Ki plan ke neg sa gen pou Haiti e administrasyon Preval??
An nou rete tan poum nou we!!
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