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Venezuela, US to restore diplomatic ties

world Updated: Jun 25, 2009 07:47 IST

Venezuela and the US have agreed to restore their diplomatic ties, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said.

Washington cut off diplomatic ties with Caracas after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expelled US ambassador Patrick Duddy from the Andean nation on September 11, 2008.

Chavez expelled Duddy to show solidarity with Bolivian President Evo Morales' decision of expelling US ambassador to Bolivia Philip Goldberg.

Following that development, the US also expelled Venezuelan envoy Bernardo Alvarez from Washington.

However the Venezuelan leader began efforts to restore diplomatic ties after President Barack Obama attended the summit of the Americas in Trinidad in April this year.