Saturday, April 18, 2009

If Chavez initiates talks, Obama would likely agree, Gibbs says

updated 3:47 p.m. EDT, Fri April 17, 2009
(CNN) -- President Obama doesn't have a one-on-one meeting scheduled with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but if Chavez were to initiate a conversation, Obama would likely go along with it, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
Obama on Friday arrived in Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas, a meeting of leaders from North and South America. While there are no plans for a one-on-one with Chavez, the Venezuelan president is expected to be among several leaders at a multilateral meeting, Gibbs said.

Pressed on whether Obama would have a conversation with Chavez, should the Venezuelan leader pull him aside and initiate one, Gibbs said, "Every time I pull the president aside to have a conversation we've had that conversation, so I assume he would do the same."

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