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President Santos welcomes Hugo Chavez. Colombia´s-U.S. relations lowest in years.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has welcomed his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez to Colombia at Cartagena airport on Saturday morning. Photo credit to Colombia Reports.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has welcomed Hugo Chavez at the Colombian airport of Cartagena, on Saturday morning.

Through the mediation of President Santos, Chavez will also meet Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, previous to a Presidential meeting to discuss the reinstatement of Honduras into the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Colombian-venezuelan relations are improving since Santos became the President of Colombia. On arrival, Chavez stressed the historical ties between the two countries. “We have the same past, one soul, one flesh, one destiny and one future,” he said.

During the meeting both leaders will discuss:

a)      issues related to Venezuelan debt owed to Colombian businessmen,

b)      border security

c)      an economic agreement that would extend preferential trade terms between both countries

d)     an agreement for exchange of tourists

e)      an agreement to fight drug trafficking and share intelligence

f)       the extradition of the drug kingpin Walid Makled due to an extradition treaty with Venezuela. Also u.S. wanted the extradition of Makled.

g)      Venezuela´s recognition of the new President in Honduras

Santos said he hoped this meeting with Chavez will be a “productive and important step in building trust and strengthening our relationship.”

The relations between the U.S. and Colombia will weaken due to Sntos decision of sending Wakled to Venezuela. According to Washington Makled is a “significant foreign narcotics trafficker”  and he is wanted in New York for allegedly smuggling 10 tons of cocaine a month into the US.

According to U.S. sources Wakled is in possession of information that could dismantle global drug networks in the world, the relations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to transport up to five small planes a day filled with cocaine from southern Venezuela to Central America, and also a list of corrupted official within the venezuelan government and military officials, and the pro Chavez former Honduran government.

Makled also says Hezbollah is active in Venezuela, and can prove it.  But nothing of this will happen due to the extradition of Wakled to Venezuela, not to the U.S.