This from Caracas.
The Mexican government said Friday that Venezuela must give a satisfactory explanation for
President Hugo Chávez’ biting criticism of his Mexican counterpart, Vicente Fox,
or it will take ‘‘appropriate steps.”
On Wednesday, Chávez accused Fox of acting like a ‘‘puppy” of the United States for so staunchly supporting the U.S.-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA, during the Americas Summit in Argentina last week.
During two days of diplomatic sparring, the Venezuelan government has refused to apologize. ‘‘We demand a satisfactory explanation,” presidential spokesman Rubén Aguilar told a news conference. ‘‘If this doesn’t happen, we will take appropriate steps.” He did not elaborate.
Aguilar said that Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez was going to discuss the situation with his Venezuelan counterpart, Alí Rodríguez, later Friday.
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