Venezuela Condemns Lima Meeting and Calls for Regional Dialogue

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Venezuela Condemns Lima Meeting and Calls for Regional Dialogue

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to stand up to the United States for its "imperialistic" behavior but has said he seeks to meet US President Donald Trump for a "personal conversation"، according to "Press TV".

In a lengthy address Thursday to members of a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly, Maduro instructed Venezuela's foreign minister to approach the United States about arranging a telephone conversation or meeting with Trump at next month's United Nations General Assembly.

Even world-renowned soccer superstar Diego Maradona expressed his support for Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, saying on Facebook, "When Maduro orders, I am dressed as a soldier for a free Venezuela, to fight against imperialism".

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand", the socialist president said, adding that he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S. as he has with Russian Federation.

Venezuela's new National Constituent Assembly (ANC) "aims to fix the malfunction" plaguing the country's governing system, a top lawmaker said on Thursday. 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.

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.

Both Smolansky and Muchacho were barred from holding public office.

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

The UN Human Rights Council announced on Tuesday that the Venezuelan security forces have used excessive force to suppress street protests, killed dozens of people and arrested approximately 5.000 people since April.

But hackers have taken up the torch.

Energy sector sanctions, which could cripple Venezuela's already ailing economy, are still being considered, US officials said.

Maduro says the 545-member assembly will bring peace and prosperity to Venezuela.

The ambassadors also recognized that candidates from across the political spectrum had enrolled to participate in the regional elections in December.

One radical party split from the coalition over the decision.

But the opposition blasted as "fraudulent" the balloting that elected the Constituent Assembly.

The opposition was also motivated by the fact that the ANC supersedes the National Assembly, or Congress, which was under the opposition's control.

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

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