In speech, Maduro says Venezuela is ready to turn the page with Biden government – 24/01/2021 – World

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro on Saturday (23) called on the administration of US President Joe Biden to “turn the page”, saying he was ready to establish “a new path” in the broken diplomatic relations between Caracas and Washington.

“We want to take a new path of relations with the Joe Biden government, based on mutual respect, dialogue, communication and understanding,” Maduro said.

Venezuela “is ready to turn the page and build new avenues of respect, dialogue and diplomatic communication with the new government of the United States,” Maduro added, in front of supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace in Miraflores, in the United States. center of Caracas.

Two years ago, on January 23, 2019, opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself President of Venezuela after the opposition majority controlling the National Assembly declared Maduro a “usurper,” the accusing of rigging the 2018 elections.

The Donald Trump administration recognized Guaido as interim president, and Maduro responded by severing relations between Caracas and Washington.

“Two years ago, I had to react with force and dignity and, in this same perspective, I proceeded as head of state to sever all political and diplomatic relations with the American government of the era, “Maduro continued. But “Trump is gone!” He said.

Antony Blinken, appointed by Biden as the new US secretary of state, said the White House would continue to recognize Guaidó as the representative of the Venezuelan government, despite the new Chavist majority in parliament.

Boycotted by the opposition, the elections at the end of last year go unrecognized by the United States, the European Union and the countries of Latin America.

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