Chavez threatens mexico and withdraws top diplomat
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Venezuela, Mexico Recall Their Ambassadors
MEXICO CITY, Nov. 14, 2005
(AP) Mexico recalled its ambassador from Venezuela on Monday after Caracas said it would withdraw its top diplomat instead of apologizing after President Hugo Chavez warned Mexican leader Vicente Fox: "Don't mess with me."
Fox said in a television interview that he would meet with Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez to decide what to do next.
Tensions between Fox and Chavez spilled over after this month's Summit of the Americas in Argentina, where Fox defended a U.S.-backed proposal for a Free Trade Area of the Americas while Chavez proclaimed the idea dead.
In the interview with CNN en Espanol, Fox promised to keep the debate with Chavez from becoming personal but added "we can't allow people to offend our country."
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