Maduro wants to talk with Obama to resolve tensions

2015-04-11 22:55


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Panama City - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged US President Barack Obama on Saturday to lift sanctions that call his country a national security threat and asked to meet the US leader to ease tensions.

"I am willing to talk with President Obama about this issue with respect and sincerity whenever he wants," Maduro told the Summit of the Americas, though Obama had already left the room.

Maduro said he has publicly and privately sought to speak with Obama ever since the Venezuelan leader was elected two years ago, but his US counterpart "never answered the messages that I sent him."

The Venezuelan leftist leader said he has garnered millions of signatures in a petition demanding the removal of the sanctions order, which Obama issued against seven officials accused of committing abuses in an opposition crackdown.

The sanctions follow earlier accusations from Maduro, who has charged Washington with backing an opposition plot to overthrow him in a coup that he says would have involved bombing the presidential palace.

The US government has dismissed the charges as baseless.

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