Maduro: "If the United States wants a dialogue, I am ready for the dialogue"
- 13 March 2019
Venezuela is interested in resuming talks with the United States on the opening of offices that would promote the two countries' mutual interests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said, ONAreports citing Sputnik.
"If [the United States] wants a dialogue, I am ready for the dialogue… I once again reaffirm my interest and desire to continue a dialogue in New York at the level of our representatives to the United Nations," Maduro said, adding, however, that at the moment he had to suspend talks on the opening of diplomatic interest offices.
Venezuela's president's comment comes after on Tuesday, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said that Washington and Caracas suspended talks on the mutual establishment of diplomatic interest offices. In addition, the state authorities ordered that the US diplomatic staff to leave the Bolivarian republic in three days.
Prior to that, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the move to recall the remaining US diplomats was an indicator of the "deteriorating situation" in the crisis-torn country. Moreover, he called the "presence of the US diplomatic staff" at the US Embassy in Venezuela "a constraint on US policy".