* Venezuelan state carrier buying 20 planes
* Will help cooling Brazil-Venezuela ties
CARACAS Dec 3 President Hugo Chavez confirmed
on Saturday a deal with Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer to supply 20 commercial planes for
Venezuela's state carrier to increase Caribbean routes.
Analysts have said the deal could revive ties between
Venezuela and Brazil that have cooled since President Dilma
Rousseff took over from Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was
close to fellow socialist leaders around the region.
"We signed a deal with Brazil, just now with President
Dilma (Rousseff)," Chavez said in comments to a summit of Latin
American and Caribbean leaders. "It's good news because we want
to increase our flights to the Caribbean."
The Venezuelan leader did not say how much government-owned
airliner Conviasa would pay for the planes, nor when they would
be delivered. But he said the terms of the purchase were "very
cheap" and the aircraft "very good."
Brazil's BNDES development bank is helping to finance the
deal, Chavez said.
While Lula was a close friend of Chavez's, Rousseff has
focused instead on strengthening ties with major trading
partners China and the United States, paying less attention to
Brazil's immediate neighbors.