President Maduro: ‘I am ready to talk to Trump on the basis of respect’

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro stressed on Monday that he would hold a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on the basis of mutual respect.

The statements were made by the Venezuelan head of state when asked about the recent statements made by Trump about his willingness to a possible meeting with the National President.

“My answer is that just as I met (Joe) Biden (former US Vice President during Barack Obama) and we talked at length and in a respectful way, which was recorded at the time, also when necessary I am willing to talk respectfully with President Donald Trump, in the same way that I spoke with Biden, I could speak with Trump,” the Venezuelan president told AVN.

In 2015, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro held a meeting with current candidate of the US Democratic Party Joe Biden where he asked for respect for Venezuela.

The meeting was at the inauguration ceremony of President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, when she held a meeting with Biden, at that time, vice-president of Barak Obama, promoter of the Executive Decree in which he declared Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat “, a document that gave rise to the countless coercive measures that have been carried out against the country.

“What do we ask the United States? What I said to Vice-president Biden, I have said it 1,000 times, in public and in private, relations of respect, nothing more,” Maduro said at a press conference at that time, quoted by international media.

The BBC Mundo portal reported that, in response, Biden was in charge of “praising” the Venezuelan national symbols.

Before taking office, current US president Donald Trump rarely mentioned Venezuela; however, now it has taken a significant turn.

In the face of the elections, which should take place in November, Trump has decided to intensify coercive measures against the country, as well as to participate in attempted coup d’états and paramilitary incursions, such as the one carried out on May 3, in which two former green berets were arrested and confessed they were part of the US president’s security staff.

Similarly, he has expressed his “willingness” to hold a meeting with the Venezuelan president, only “to negotiate a peaceful solution,” once again ignoring the will of the people, who elected President Maduro in free and democratic elections in May 2018 with more than 67% of the votes.

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