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Venezuela's Maduro wants 'personal conversation' with Trump

From BBC - August 10, 2017

Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro has said he wants a face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump.

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

Mr Trump recently imposed sanctions on Mr Maduro, accusing him of undermining democracy.

The White House has not yet responded to the comments.

"If he's so interested in Venezuela, here I am," Mr Maduro told the assembly during a three-hour speech.

"Mr Donald Trump, here is my hand."

However, at other times Mr Maduro returned to more traditional anti-US themes, accusing "imperialists" of plotting against his government.

"We will never cede to foreign powers," he said.

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