Published: Fri, August 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Venezuelan officials reached out to US - Bolton

Venezuelan officials reached out to US - Bolton

Venezuela has been rocked by political unrest since Maduro was sworn in for a second term in January 10, following elections largely boycotted by the opposition and criticised by the U.S., the European Union and others.

Trump spoke superficially about the issue while receiving Romanian head of state Klaus Iohannis in Washington.

'I won't speak to details of what we're planning and what we're doing, but we remain ready to implement policy decisions and we remain on the balls of our feet, ' Faller said.

Washington has been pressuring President Maduro through sanctions to step down while publicly prodding members of his inner circle to cut their ties to him before it is too late.

"I don't want to say who", he said.

Speaking on television, Mr Maduro said: "Just as I have sought dialogue in Venezuela, I have sought a way in which President Trump really listens to Venezuela".

Norway had mediated talks between the government and the opposition on the way forward, but Maduro pulled out of those on 7 August, after the latest round of United States sanctions.

However, he said that with the contacts, a "conflict regulation process" is sought with the USA government, with which he maintains strained relations since the beginning of the year after Trump recognized the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, which led to the rupture of relations and the closing of the embassies of the two countries.

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In January, Maduro broke off relations with the United States.

Mr Trump told reporters at the White House yesterday that the U.S. was in discussion with Venezuelan officials "at a very high level".

"Of course there are talks and will continue to have them", the Venezuelan president said as he called to continue collecting signatures in rejection of the U.S. -imposed blockade, which will be sent with a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump next September.

During a press conference on Monday in Caracas, Cabello declined to comment on the meeting and even referred to it as "a lie, a manipulation".

The President said that the United States was remaining aloof to Venezuela's internal political crisis but nevertheless it is helping.

"Fifteen years ago it was from one of the richest countries".

Several press reports, such as the one published Sunday by the Axios Website, have said that in recent weeks there has been contact between Cabello and the White House via intermediaries.

The UN estimates that at least four million Venezuelans have left their country due to hyperinflation and severe food and medicine shortages.

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