Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez arrived in Algeria on Monday on the final leg of a tour
of OPEC oil producing nations to prepare for the first cartel's
summit of heads of state in 25 years.
The official Algerian news agency APS said Chavez was
greeted at Algiers airport by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The two are expected to hold talks on Tuesday before the
Venezuelan leader returns home after the tour to invite leaders
of member states of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting
Countries to the summit in Caracas in late September.
On Saturday, Chavez became the first head of state to meet
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein since the 1991 Gulf War.