Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Maduro to resist 'imperialistic' US، seeks to meet Trump

Maduro to resist 'imperialistic' US، seeks to meet Trump

Amid his country's ongoing economic and political crises, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro - a frequent critic of the United States - has called for a face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump.

"We absolutely reject this act of aggression by the North American empire, by the government of Washington, and we do not recognize any sanction against the people of Venezuela", said Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in a televised broadcast".

Even as the US for now holds back applying economic sanctions, the Maduro government is finding itself increasingly isolated from financial markets.

He said he had also given orders, "if it can happen", for a face-to-face to be organized in NY on September 20 when heads of state and government from around the world gather for a UN General Assembly.

"If he (Trump) is so interested in Venezuela، here I am".

The US Treasury Department has sanctioned Adan Coromoto Chavez Frias, brother of the late Socialist leader Hugo Chavez, as well as five fellow members of Venezuela's freshly installed constituent assembly, a National Electoral Council official and the Federal Legislative Palace's security chief.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has offered his hand to Donald Trump while expressing interest in direct talks after a new wave of USA sanctions imposed on the troubled Latin American nation.

Venezuela is facing mounting global criticism over Maduro's crackdown on opponents and moves to consolidate power, including the selection of the all-powerful assembly.

Speaking for the first time at the Constituent Assembly, the president invited the governments of Latin America to take part in a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, in an effort to improve relations.

This new "superbody" is in fact a superbody for Maduro because all 545 representatives are Socialist Party members or sympathizers, meaning we can look forward to a lot of 545-0 votes out of this laughable exercise in democracy.

On July 31 the United States imposed legal and financial sanctions against the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, describing as a "dictator".

"The search for peace and understanding that President Maduro preaches is impeded by those measures".

The remarks came shortly after Maduro forcefully warned the USA president that Venezuela "will never give in".

Since April 1, more than 120 people have been killed in protest's against Maduro's government.

Polls suggest the opposition would win most of the states, if the elections are fair, replicating its landslide 2015 victory in taking control of the National Assembly.

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