President Nicolas Maduro has called for regional dialogue at the third session of the newly-formed Constituent Assembly, ACN.
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Speaking for the first time at the Constituent Assembly, the president invited the governments of Latin America to take part in a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, in an effort to improve relations.
“To all the presidents, I call on them to approve a meeting and through mutual dialogue, we can find a solution," said Maduro.
“Respect is the only path to peace, not threats or violence or the economic and commercial blockade."
Maduro also invited the United States to agree to "mutually respectful" dialogue, adding that he will be in New York in Sept. for the United Nations General Assembly.
The offer comes in the wake of new U.S. sanctions and threats.
Maduro’s invitation follows an earlier plea for dialogue after a group of neighboring countries took part in a meeting in Peru to discuss isolationist measures against the Venezuelan government.
In the face of these threats, Maduro announced he would activate a national constituent process to strengthen the structure of the Bolivarian Armed Forces.
During the special session, the Constituent Assembly ratified Nicolas Maduro as the president of Venezuela.