Quayle To Meet With President of Venezuela
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Vice President Dan Quayle will confer with Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez in La Guaira, Venezuela, at the outset of a week-long mission to South America, his office announced Thursday.
It will be Quayle’s second mission to Latin America since the Dec. 20 invasion of Panama frayed U.S. relations with some Latin leaders. Venezuela reportedly had discouraged a Quayle visit in January.
Quayle had previously announced he would attend presidential inaugurations in Chile on March 11 and Brazil on March 15. Quayle will fly to Venezuela on March 9 and also make stops in Barbados, Paraguay and Argentina during the six-nation trip.
There are no plans for Quayle to add Nicaragua to his itinerary. Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, who upset the Sandinistas’ Daniel Ortega in last Sunday’s presidential elections, is due to take office there April 25.
Quayle’s office said his meetings with Perez and other Latin leaders ″will mark the conclusion of the consultation mission assigned the vice president by President Bush in January.″
On Jan. 5, two days after ex-Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega surrendered to U.S. authorities, Bush said he would send Quayle to Latin America to assure countries there that the United States wants to remain ″a friendly, supportive and respectful neighbor.″
Bush said the Quayle mission would also signal that the United States will not neglect democracies in this hemisphere even as the East Bloc countries abandon communism.
Quayle and Perez will confer on regional issues and recent developments in Latin America. The vice president will then fly to Barbados to meet with Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford and other eastern Caribbean chiefs of government on March 9-10.
He will spend March 10-12 in Chile, where Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., will join him in the official U.S. delegation to the March 11 inauguration of President Patricio Aylwin. Aylwin’s election is ending more than 16 years of military dictatorship.
Quayle will be in Paraguay March 12-13 to meet with President Andres Rodriquez and members of his government. On March 13-14 he will visit Argentina for talks with President Carlos Menem. He will spend March 14-15 in Brazil to attend the March 15 inauguration of President Fernando Collor de Mello.
In both Chile and Brazil, Quayle will hold bilateral meetings with leaders from Latin America and Europe, his office said.
Quayle is scheduled to arrive back in Washington early on March 16.
The vice president visited Honduras, Panama and Jamaica last Jan. 27-29, and attended the funeral of Jose Napoleon Duarte in El Salvador last weekend.
Bush himself went to Cartagena, Colombia, on Feb. 15 to confer with the presidents of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru on drugs. He reportedly is considering a major trip to South America in the fall.