November 07, 2008
CARACAS -- Venezuela's foreign minister said Barack Obama's election as U.S. president is a historic moment for international relations.
Nicolas Maduro said the poor, black and immigrant people who elected Obama have chosen a ''new brand'' of diplomacy.
Venezuela has been victimized during President Bush's eight years in office, Maduro said Thursday.
In September, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez expelled U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy after accusing him of aiding a conspiracy against his government -- a charge Duddy denied.
Chávez also withdrew his ambassador from Washington, bringing relations to the lowest point in years. Asked whether the ambassadors would be returned, Maduro said, ``Everything has its time.''