01/20/2013 09:43 am ET

DEA Agents Could Be Allowed To Visit Venezuela

Relations between the United States and Venezuela have been strained ever since President Hugo Chávez took office in 1999.

However, in what could be seen as a thaw in the icy relations between the two countries, Venezuela is weighing a U.S. government request to let a high-level DEA official visit the South American country.

Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States Roy Chaderton told The Associated Press on Friday that his country's main consideration is ensuring mutual respect between the countries.

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