Maduro Greets Opposition Parties that will Attend Elections

President Donald Trump accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J. Pence departs Sunday for Latin America a trip that comes on the

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"The foreign minister should enter into negotiations to arrange [my] personal meeting with Donald Trump or a phone conversation with Donald Trump", Maduro said in parliament, as quoted by the Panorama newspaper.

The U.S., the European Union, a number of Latin American countries and others around the globe have condemned the assembly, and the Vatican last week called for its suspension, all of which Maduro no doubt laughed off because now he basically controls the country.

Maduro said he had also given orders, "if it can happen", for a face-to-face meeting to be organised with Trump when heads of state and government from around the world gather in NY on September 20.

"If he's so interested in Venezuela, here I am".

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the letter, which was addressed to President Donald Trump. The sanctions see any of the Venezuelan leader's U.S. assets frozen and bar him from conducting business American citizens.

President Nicolas Maduro has called for regional dialogue at the third session of the newly-formed Constituent Assembly, ACN.

The Venezuelan Constituent Assembly has ratified Nicolas Maduro as head of state and of the government, as well as the "commander-in-chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces" (FANB).

Nicolas Maduro's government in Venezuela is increasingly isolated but it still counts powerful support from countries such as Russian Federation and China that can block or delay punitive action from the likes of the United Nations, analysts say.

The sanctions followed Friday's installation of a legislative superbody known as the constituent assembly, made up entirely of allies of the ruling Socialist Party and armed with the power to re-write the constitution.

If Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro doesn't qualify quite yet for the title of dictator, he's pretty close and has been already given that sobriquet by President Donald Trump, who only seems to mince words when he speaks about Russian Federation.

Protests have lost steam in the past week as security forces have stepped up repression and demonstrators have grown discouraged by the opposition's failure to bring about change.

Raul Castro said the election of the Constituent Assembly demonstrates the "popular support" in a "clear and emphatic" way "to the legacy of El Libertador Simon Bolívar and President Hugo Chavez".

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

The Trump administration has sanctioned 30 government loyalists since April.

He expressed hope that the Assembly's efforts to rewrite the constitution would return "peace" to Venezuela، where political violence has taken more than 120 lives over the past several months.

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