Brazil: Ties with Venezuela are strained

June 2, 2007 at 8:21 PM

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- Ties between Brazil and Venezuela are strained following criticism of the Brazilian Congress by Venezuela's president, a leading Brazilian official said.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said during a visit to London Saturday that recent remarks by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez -- condemning Brazilian lawmakers for questioning Chavez's decision to remove a private TV station from Venezuelan airwaves -- hurt ties between the neighboring nations, Estado de Sao Paulo reported Saturday.

Earlier this week, the leftist Chavez said Brazil's Congress was "repeating the rhetoric of Washington like a parrot" when lawmakers called for the Venezuelan president to allow RCTV back on the air.

Chavez decided not to renew the broadcasting license for the popular opposition TV station, saying RCTV was promoting instability.

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