Canada's plan to reduce oil imports will be one of the main subjects of discussion during Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's visit to Venezuela.
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Background: Canada's plan to reduce oil imports will be one of the main subjects of discussion during Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's visit to Venezuela.
Mr. Trudeau arrived in Caracas on Friday (30 January) as part of his tour of Latin American countries.
He had flown from Havana, where he held talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Mr. Trudeau had also held discussions recently with Mexican President Luis Echeverria during a visit to Mexico.
The day before the Canadian leader arrived in Venezuela, Dr. Ruben Carpio Castillo, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, announced that his government planned to reduce its oil imports next year.
Venezuela is Canada's largest supplier of oil. It sold an average of 300,000 barrels a day to Canada last year.
Mr. Trudeau brought with him the Venezuela a party of 20 high-level officials and 45 newsmen who are accompanying the Prime Minister on his tour.
Soon after arriving, Mr. Trudeau started discussions with Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez.
Later on Friday he was guest of honour at a reception given by Senor Perez at the Venezuelan Foreign Office.
SYNOPSIS: Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau arrived in Caracas on Friday for talks with Venezuelan President Carlos Perez. The main subject for discussion will be Canada's proposed cut in oil imports next year.
Venezuela is Canada's biggest supplier of oil. Last year it sold Canada and average of three hundred thousand barrels a day, more than a third of the country's requirements.
Mr. Trudeau's visit to Venezuela is part of his tour of three Latin American countries. He had just flown from Havana, where he had held "full and frank" discussions with President Fidel Castro. The Prime Minister has also visited Mexico, for talks with President Luis Echeverria.
Mr. Trudeau will be seeking a greater export market in Venezuela in a bid to counteract a trade deficit, mainly as a result of its oil purchases form the South Americans. Before Mr. Trudeau returns to Canada on Monday, the two leaders will sign a joint communique. technological assistance will probably be the main exchange in an agreement between the two countries.