Venezuela’s Maduro requests talks with US

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested an exchange of ambassadors with the United States on Friday, just days after he expelled three US diplomats from the country. Maduro called for talks with President Barack Obama’s administration during a Friday news conference that aired on state television. “I call for a dialogue with you, Obama,” Maduro said. “You can designate [US Secretary of State John] Kerry or whoever you want to come to this dialogue and I will send my foreign minister … for this high-level meeting.” The US and Venezuela have not had resident ambassadors since 2010. Amid demonstrations challenging his administration, Maduro has blamed the US for fomenting anti-government sentiment in Venezuela. Opposition protests turned violent last week, as at least eight people have died amid the demonstrations. Meanwhile, Maduro announced Thursday that his government will revoke or deny press credentials to seven CNN journalists for “war propaganda.” Source: http://rt.com/news/line/2014-02-22/#55687

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