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Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, says his Foreign Minister is likely to attend the inauguration ceremony of Colombia's incoming President, Juan Manuel Santos, signaling a thaw in ties between the South American neighbors.
Though Chavez is not expected at Saturday's ceremony, his comments indicate hopes for better ties with Santos, who will take office later in the day. The Venezuelan leader has also vowed to recover billions of dollars of trade lost due to bickering between the two governments.
Chavez broke off ties with Colombia on July 22nd, after Bogota accused Caracas of harboring fugitive guerilla leaders in its territory. Security has since been beefed up on both sides of the Venezuela-Colombia border.