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Venezuela Hosts Regional Summit

Leaders of Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Spain are to meet in the Venezuelan city of Puerto Ordaz Tuesday to discuss various issues, including trade and political alliances.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his Brazilian and Colombian counterparts, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Alvaro Uribe, as well as Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero are also to discuss drug smuggling, terrorism and seeking a common position toward Colombian rebels.

The Associated Press reports the National Liberation Army, one of Colombia's leftist rebel groups, issued a statement saying it rejects terrorism and that it hopes the governments involved in today's talks will create a greater certainty for peace in the region.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.