Chavez welcomes US suggestion of new envoy

Chavez welcomed the U.S. government's suggestion that it may nominate a new ambassador to Venezuela.

Chavez welcomes US suggestion of new envoy

President Hugo Chavez welcomed the U.S. government's suggestion that it may nominate a new ambassador to Venezuela, joking that Washington might consider naming an American he knows and likes such as Oliver Stone or Sean Penn.

Chavez was upbeat while divulging details of a cordial encounter over the weekend with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He said he views as a positive step a State Department announcement that the U.S. may nominate a new candidate for ambassador after he rejected the previous White House choice.

"I hope they name Oliver Stone. I'll suggest a candidate ... Sean Penn, or (linguist and philosopher Noam) Chomsky. We have a lot of friends there. Bill Clinton!" Chavez said.

Stone visited Caracas in May for the local premiere of his documentary "South of the Border," which profiles Latin America's leftist leaders. He told reporters he admired Chavez and his record since coming to power in 1999.

Chavez also recounted how he met U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly on the sidelines of Dilma Rousseff's inauguration ceremony on Saturday in Brazil.

"I said to Senora Clinton 'How is your husband?'" he said. "But I made a mistake because I speak very bad English, and I said 'How is your wife?' She laughed, then I said husband."

Responding to the latest U.S. position, Chavez said: "We would be very ... pretentious if we were to think it's a sign of weakness, that we've defeated (the U.S.). No. They have their interests and we have ours."

Agencies

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