dglobalnews.com Maduro to resist 'imperialistic' US، seeks to meet Trump
Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

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

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

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he wants a one-to-one talk with US President Donald Trump, who has slapped him with sanctions, but stood defiant against "imperialist aggression".

In his first address to the new, all-powerful Constituent Assembly on Thursday, Maduro instructed Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to approach the United States and arrange a telephone conversation with Trump before next month's United Nations General Assembly.

Maduro also invited the United States to agree to "mutually respectful" dialogue, adding that he will be in NY in September for the United Nations General Assembly.

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

But Maduro used substantial parts of his three-hour-plus speech lambasting the "imperialist" United States for perceived actions against his regime.

The US alleges that the constituent assembly arose "through an undemocratic process instigated by President Nicolas Maduro's government to subvert the will of the Venezuelan people" and "dissolve Venezuelan state institutions". They said that the purchase of government bonds by funds managed by the bank was supporting President Nicolás Maduro, who has been the target of protests as the country suffers food and medical shortages amid an economic crisis.

"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. Months of clashes between Venezuela's national guard and protesters have left over 120 dead.

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He added that Venezuela would challenge the sanctions in a USA court.

Nevertheless, Maduro still has varying degrees of support around the world, from both an ideological and financial standpoint.

The opposition coalition, a grouping of around 30 disparate parties called the Democratic Unity Roundtable, has been struggling with how to keep pressure on Maduro, whom it wants to see ousted through early elections.

One radical party split from the coalition over the decision.

'The legitimity of the Electoral Power has been recognized together with this National Constituent Assembly.

"Rosneft is definitely taking advantage of the situation", Elias Matta, vice president of the energy commission at Venezuela's elected National Assembly, told Reuters.

The bogus election and the seizing of the opposition leader prompted Trump's "dictator" accusation and his threat to take "strong and swift" action against Maduro, possibly including a ban on oil sales between the two countries.

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