New York Times
October 3, 2007
In a rare encounter between Venezuelan and American diplomats, Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro met with Thomas A. Shannon Jr., the highest-ranking American diplomat for the Americas, in New York. The meeting on Monday evening, disclosed in a statement from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, covered issues that included President Hugo Chávez’s efforts to secure the release of hostages held by Colombia’s largest rebel group and a possible visit by Mr. Shannon to Venezuela. The meeting stands in contrast to souring diplomatic relations between Washington and Caracas, after repeated exchanges of barbs and insults between high-ranking officials and a halt to cooperation on anti-narcotics operations.