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Chavez to visit Syria, meet Assad

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will visit Syria and meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Traveling with Chavez on the two-day trip, which begins Thursday, will be a delegation of ministers from foreign affairs, industry, mining, energy, petroleum and trade, Bloomberg.com reported.

Chavez attended celebrations Wednesday in Tripoli marking Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s 40 years in power.

The visits take place against a backdrop of Chavez’s recent efforts to forge close relationships between Venezuela and Arab nations.

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