US Ambassador Returns to Venezuela

Diplomat back in Caracas 9 months after Chavez booted him
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 7:51 AM CDT
Bernardo Alvarez, declared persona non grata by the State Department in September, speaks with reporters at Reagan National Airport in Washington as he returns to Washington last week.   (AP Photo/Nestor Ikeda)
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(Newser) – The American ambassador to Venezuela is back in Caracas 9 months after Hugo Chavez sent him packing, AFP reports. The diplomat was expelled after Chavez alleged that America was trying to undermine Bolivia's leftist government, one of his key allies. Venezuela's ambassador to the US, who was booted out soon afterward, returned to his post in Washington last week.