US to send delegation to Chavez's funeral

By Paul Richter Published: March 7, 2013

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U.S. to send delegation to funeral

The Obama administration Wednesday offered Venezuela a chance to rebuild its relationship with the United States after the death of President Hugo Chavez, who had long railed against the “Yankee empire.”

Though the previous day Venezuela had accused the U.S. of trying to destabilize its government, administration officials said they plan to send a delegation to Chavez's funeral this week and want to begin a dialogue soon on the countries' overlapping interests.

“We would like a productive and functional relationship,” a senior U.S. administration official told reporters.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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