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Chavez says he'll lobby Obama on Cuba at summit
Associated Press
2009-03-18 05:06 AM
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez says he will use his first meeting with President Barack Obama to ask him to lift the Cuba embargo.

Chavez says April's Trinidad and Tobago summit of leaders from across the Americas should offer a glimpse into the future of U.S. relations with Latin America.

He said Thursday in a televised address that Venezuela is "preparing its artillery" for the summit.

Chavez is a frequent critic of Washington and its sanctions against Cuba, one of Venezuela's closest allies.

He expelled the U.S. ambassador in September but has since said he hopes to improve rocky diplomatic relations with the United States.

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