Monday, November 12, 2007

Spanish leaders, Hugo Chavez exchange insults during summit

King Juan Carlos I of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to “shut up” during Saturday’s closing session of the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. The king’s remarks came as Chavez tried to interrupt current Spanish P.M. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero who insisted that Chavez show more diplomacy and respect for other leaders despite ideological differences.

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Yesterday Chavez expressed his displeasure at the King’s outburst though he hoped that it would not hurt relations between Venezuela and Spain. Meanwhile, Spanish opposition head Mariano Rajoy blamed the spat on Rodriguez Zapatero’s foreign policy.

Other developments occurred during the three-day heads of state summit included:

Sources (English)- Bloomberg, Reuters UK, YouTube, BBC News, International Herald Tribune, Xinhua, Prensa Latina

Sources (Spanish)- El Diario/La Prensa

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