Under-fire Venezuela leader seeks talks with Trump

Aug 11, 2017, 5:27 AM EDT
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro remark came after fresh wave of U.S. sanctions against 8 of its politicians.
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Addressing a newly elected, all-powerful constituent assembly, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro said that he wanted a “personal conversation” with his American counterpart Donald Trump when the two leaders attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York next month.

The remark came a day after the U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on eight of Venezuela's politicians and security figures over the formation of a controversial legislative body that seeks to rewrite the country’s constitution, writes the BBC.

Despite his willingness for a face-to-face meeting with Trump, Venezuela’s socialist leader lashed out at America’s imperialist policies, adding that his country will not be cowed down by foreign powers, notes Al Jazeera.