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‘Donald Trump, here is my hand': Venezuela's Maduro calls for talks with Trump



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Added 08-11-17 03:02:02am EST - “Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has called on President Donald Trump to engage in a "personal conversation" just days after being hit with new sanctions by the U.S.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “‘Donald Trump, here is my hand’: Venezuela’s Maduro calls for talks with Trump”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has called on President Donald Trump to engage in a "personal conversation" just days after being hit with new sanctions by the U.S.

The U.S. Treasury Department brandished the socialist leader a "dictator" last week and issued a string of new sanctions against him and a number of Venezuelan officials after the government staged what many observers said was a fraudulent vote to create an all-powerful legislative body.

However, Maduro, himself a tough critic of Trump, reached out to Trump Thursday during his first address to the new constituent assembly, and asked to meet with the president next month, when they are both due to attend that UN General Assembly in New York.

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

The legislative body was voted into power in an election at the end of July and allows the government to rewrite legislation, though critics argue the result was illegitimate and an attempt by Maduro to cling onto power.

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