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Maduro and Biden shake hands and meet briefly at Rousseff's inauguration

Saturday, January 3rd 2015 - 06:11 UTC
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According to Venezuelan sources Maduro reiterated his call for respectful relations with the US According to Venezuelan sources Maduro reiterated his call for respectful relations with the US

On the sidelines of the inauguration of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto Palace seat of Brazil's Executive, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met briefly with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro in a hand-shake facilitated by Uruguay President Jose Mujica.

 Biden and Maduro shook hands and chatted along with Mujica, reminiscent of the handshake and brief talks between former Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton four years previously at Rouseff's first inauguration.

Venezuela's Miraflores Presidential press office reported that Maduro reiterated his position to promote respectful relations with the U.S. and expressed his opposition to US plans “to dominate other nations, or impede economic development -- as US President Barack Obama has publicly acknowledged, as in the case of Russia, where the US has applied a range of sanctions and strategies that have reduced oil prices worldwide.”

What Biden said in the meeting has not yet been revealed, but the US vice-president has been critical of Venezuela's Maduro. Earlier this year, in March, at the inauguration of Chile's Michelle Bachelet, Biden issued a damning rebuke of Venezuela's government.

“The situation in Venezuela reminds me of previous eras, when strongmen governed through violence and oppression; and human rights, hyperinflation, scarcity, and grinding poverty wrought havoc on the people of the hemisphere,” Biden told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio at the time.

“The situation in Venezuela is alarming,” he wrote. “Confronting peaceful protesters with force and in some cases with armed vigilantes; limiting the freedoms of press and assembly necessary for legitimate political debate; demonizing and arresting political opponents; and dramatically tightening restrictions on the media” is not what Washington expects from a signatory to international human rights treaties.

Rather than engaging the opposition in a “genuine dialogue,” Biden added, “Maduro has thus far tried to distract his people from the profound issues at stake in Venezuela by concocting totally false and outlandish conspiracy theories about the United States”.

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  • Brasileiro

    The United States is not holding pressure. Declarations of love for Cuba, and now scheduling the wedding with Venezuela. United States is a communist caviar!


    Jan 03rd, 2015 - 02:23 pm 0
  • Captain Poppy

    And Fatass dilma begging for that official visit to the USA is not getting it. She will still get some BBC. In the words of yb.......this bolivarian collapse is fun to watch. I feel for the innocent people........but am pmsl watching the dictorts scramble trying to get back in the good graces of the USA and Europe.

    Dilma to Obama.....“.about our trade”........Obama...“right......have my BBC.........bend over”

    Jan 03rd, 2015 - 02:56 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    If the issue was sexual there would be no problem. But Obama seems kind of fagot.

    The question is commercial and of the economic regulation. Or the United States open legs so that we enter into with our bbc, or China and Russia will do so with great pleasure.


    Jan 03rd, 2015 - 03:05 pm 0
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