Conversation between Assistant Secretary Shannon and President Chávez

Taken Question
Washington, DC
July 10, 2009

Question: Can the U.S. confirm that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez recently spoke to Assistant Secretary Shannon?

Answer: President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela called Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon the evening of July 9 to discuss the current situation in Honduras and the ongoing negotiations mediated by Costa Rica’s President Oscar Arias.

PRN: 2009/ 709