Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with Trump

Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with Trump

Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with Trump

The Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza has summoned the ambassadors of the countries that took part in a meeting in Lima.

Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of MS said in the letter, which was seen by Reuters, that unilaterally blocking oil exports could harm the us economy and Venezuelan people.

He told the newly elected constituent assembly that he wanted "a personal conversation" when the two leaders attended the UN General Assembly in NY next month.

"If he (Trump) is so interested in Venezuela, here I am", he said in his three-hour address to the 545 member assembly. "Mister Donald Trump, here is my hand", he said.

Senators from the oil states of the US urged President Donald Trump to not block oil shipments from Venezuela as part of USA sanctions against the country, saying it could raise costs for US fuel consumers.

The Venezuelan Constituent Assembly has ratified Nicolas Maduro as head of state and of the government, as well as the "commander-in-chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces" (FANB).

Venezuela's government-packed Supreme Court has ordered the removal and imprisonment of another Caracas-area mayor for not obeying orders to shut down protests in his district.

Maduro also said he would challenge the United States sanctions in an American court, reports the BBC.

Protests have lost steam in the past week as security forces have stepped up repression and demonstrators have grown discouraged by the opposition's failure to bring about change.

"This government invades the spaces that it is not capable of legitimately winning", Stalin Gonzalez, an opposition lawmaker, wrote on Twitter of the assembly's takeover of the chamber the opposition has controlled since winning 2015 elections.

The body has usurped the powers of the national assembly, and is tasked with rewriting the south American country's constitution.

National Assembly president Julio Borges, leader of the country's opposition, has sent more than a dozen letters to leading global banks warning them of the risk to their reputations and bottom line if they throw a lifeline to Mr Maduro.

Maduro and his government are deeply unpopular, as the country's 30 million citizens suffer under a long economic crisis that has resulted in shortages of food and medicine and hyperinflation - a harsh reality for an oil-rich country that used to be one of Latin America's wealthiest.

Another ally is Iran, which has shown support for the new assembly, even if ties are not as strong as they once were under former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

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