Maduro, Trump should meet to 'find common ground': Venezuela FM

Maduro, Trump should meet to 'find common ground': Venezuela FM

Arreaza called on the Security Council to support a resolution that rejects "the threat of the use of force against the Venezuelan people, and to rule that out once and for all".

US Vice-President Mike Pence said that his government continues to "keep all options on the table" despite concerns about the devastating consequences this could have for both Colombia and Venezuela.

Arreaza also renewed an invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to visit Venezuela to evaluate the impact of what he described as a US-led "blockade". He said the USA was imposing more sanctions on four pro-government governors, including a close Maduro ally who negotiated the release of an American jailed for more than two years.

A Mexican-American journalist and his television crew were detained after asking President Maduro questions deemed "insulting" by the regime.

"Under the pretext of humanitarian aid, an intervention against Venezuela is intended", he also said.

Juan Guaido, recognised by most Western nations as the country's legitimate leader, slipped into neighbouring Colombia last week to lead an ultimately failed effort to bring humanitarian aid into the crisis-stricken country. Many of their diplomats - admittedly low-level - stormed out of the room just as Arreaza arrived to speak to the 47-member council.

Over the weekend, the opposition failed in its attempt to deliver several hundred tons of USA -supplied humanitarian aid after security forces loyal to Maduro fired tear gas at protesters.

The crisis in Venezuela has already caused violence on Colombian soil, with unconfirmed numbers of injuries last weekend amid fire and chaos around an attempt to force humanitarian aid supplies across the border.

The current USA regime also contains Michael Bolton, the man who pushed the invasion of Iraq in 2003 - a conflict which is increasingly being compared to the current situation.

Venezuela suffers from hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages.

"In the days ahead, the United States will announce even stronger sanctions on the regime's corrupt financial networks".

The US and 50 other countries have backed Guaidó, while China and Russian Federation have stood by Maduro's government.

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said that worldwide law provided for deliveries of foreign humanitarian aid only in cases of natural disasters and armed conflicts and denied the allegations of humanitarian crisis in the country.

"There is an attempt by external powers to overthrow an elected government, this goes against all rules of global law", Arreaza said.

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