Venezuela's president is urging President Bush to use his second term in office to strengthen ties with Latin American nations.

President Hugo Chavez says he hopes President Bush's foreign policy agenda will include efforts aimed at repairing strained relations with Venezuela. The statement comes as President Chavez arrived in Santo Domingo Saturday for a meeting with Dominican President Leonel Fernandez.

The relationship between Venezuela and the U.S. has been troubled since 2002, when Washington endorsed a coup that briefly ousted President Chavez from office.

The Associated Press quotes the Dominican President as saying his country is willing to serve if it can be helpful in mediating a return to good relations between Venezuela and the U.S.

Some information provided by AP.