Guatemala's Energy Minister to Seek Venezuelan Support

Guatemala's energy and mines minister Luis Ortiz will travel to Venezuela soon to finalize joint energy projects discussed three months ago when Ortiz visited Venezuela for the first time, newspaper Prensa Libre reported.

Ortiz said his visit is part of a plan of closer bilateral relations between the two countries to develop regional oil and energy projects.

"We are following the instructions we received from President Óscar Berger to continue seeking allies in the oil and energy area," Ortiz was quoted as saying.

Ortiz also said he would participate in a teleconference with officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) during the week January 2-6 to discuss the process of hiring a company to carry out studies to determine the Central American country where a regional refinery project will be built.

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