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Venezuelan FM says resumption of talks with opposition possible through "re-thought mechanism" - Xinhua |

Venezuela's pro-government Constituent Assembly held an unscheduled session on Monday which opposition leader, Juan Guaido, has claimed was assembled to plan for the dissolution of the opposition-run legislature and call new legislative elections. Maduro maintains power with backing from the military and allies such as Cuba, Russia and China.

Last week, the Venezuelan president said that he had evidence, proving that US National Security Adviser John Bolton had masterminded the 2018 attempted assassination of the Venezuelan leader.

He added, however, that the desire for dialogue does not mean pressure will no longer be exerted on Maduro's government.

The talks developed with the mediation of Norway only brought about the blockade, the attack, continued appeals to conspiracy, to the coup d'etat and we want a guarantee for peace and coexistence among all, Arreaza stressed.

Last week, the Venezuelan authorities refused to take part in another round of talks with the opposition in Barbados, citing "the unsafe and flagrant aggression toward Venezuela from the US President Donald Trump's Administration".

Maduro has called Guaido a United States puppet and accused Washington of orchestrating a change of government in order to claim Venezuelan natural resources.

The move was aimed at further loosening Maduro's grip on power in Venezuela, a country already suffering from a deep recession, hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe Velez had planned to hire mercenaries to assassinate him.

"This is not an issue that concerns only President Maduro or the Bolivarian government, it is an issue of the Republic", he said.

"They omitted, overestimated or underestimated financial instruments to deceive the Venezuelan people", Amoroso said.

Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido and his wife Fabiana Rosales drink coffee, during a congress of agricultural producers, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

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