Venezuela's Maduro wants 'personal conversation' with Trump

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Carlos Garcia Rawlins Reuters

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro says he wants a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump - the same man he routinely ridicules as a crass imperial magnate.

Maduro asked the Venezuelan Foreign Minister to contact the United States authorities to arrange a telephone conversation or a meeting with President Trump, informs France 24.

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.

Sanctions could expand the interests of Cuba, China and Russian Federation in Venezuela's oil business.

In a speech at the newly-created National Constituent Assembly on Thursday، Maduro said، "We will never cede to foreign powers،" adding that Trump had to end his "imperialist aggression" toward Venezuela. The massive street protests seen before the election of the assembly have lost steam while anti-Maduro activists try to draw up a strategy for the future.

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The developments fuelled tensions that have been flaring in Venezuela for the past four months.

Bolivian president Evo Morales, soon after addressing a massive gathering of his country's armed forces in a national ceremony where he urged them to stand ready to protect regional sovereignty, used Twitter to warn against US aggression in all its forms - be they economic through sanctions, obfuscated by operating through junior partners like Peru or of a direct military character.

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 Maduro.

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

Undaunted by suspicions of widespread fraud by the government during the July 30 vote, on Wednesday Venezuela's main opposition coalition has announced it is to register candidates to run in December's gubernatorial elections.

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One radical party split from the coalition over the decision.

The assembly, which has been placed over the National Assembly, has been tasked with rewriting the constitution.

The opposition-controlled congress rejects the legitimacy of the new body.

A British-based company, Smartmatic, that supplied the voting technology has said the turnout figure was "tampered with".

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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