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    Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom's visit to Russia initially planned for late November has been delayed until a later date.

    Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom's visit to Russia initially planned for late November has been delayed until a later date, Colom's spokesman Ronaldo Robles said.

    Colom also canceled his participation in the Ibero-American summit, due November 30 — December 1 in Portugal.

    Russia's ambassador to Guatemala Nikolai Vladimir told RIA Novosti the visit was postponed on an agreement between the sides.

    "The main reason for the delay is that the Guatemalan National Congress has not yet adopted the country's budget for 2010 although the deadline expires November 30," he said.

    In the current situation, Colom decided to stay in the country and attend a parliamentary session considering a draft 2010 budget.

    Vladimir said the new date for the visit will be coordinated through diplomatic channels.

     

    MEXICO CITY, November 24 (RIA Novosti).

     

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