Chavez to snub Britain's Blair on visit

May 11, 2006 at 10:57 AM

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is scheduled to travel to Britain but will not meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Times of London reported Thursday.

The outspoken leftist Venezuelan leader has been particularly critical of Blair in recent years for his strong ties to the Bush administration. He also has called for Britain to return the Falkland Islands to Argentina. The two nations waged a short war over the islands off of Argentina's coast in 1982.

Chavez is on a three-nation tour of Europe that includes a stop in Vienna, Austria, for a summit of European, Caribbean and Latin American leaders.

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