Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the month-old unrest shaking his country on a “minority” that has left the opposition in a difficult situation.
In an interview with an english news channel, Maduro also renewed his call for establishing a new level of relations with the United States after years of frosty relations.
“My message (to the US) is: respect, dialogue, that we overcome the visions they have of our country,” Maduro said.
- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Audience Reaction: Ranbir, Aishwarya, Anushka Starrer Gets A Thumbs Up
- Bigg Boss 10, October 27 Review: Navin, Lokesh Fights During The Immunity Task
- Shivaay Audience Reaction: Ajay Devgn Impresses Viewers
- Pakistan High Commission Staffer Caught With Defence Documents: What It Means For India & Pakistan
- The Royal Opera House Reopens After Decades Of Neglect: Here’s A Quick Tour
- Tata Sons Rubbishes Cyrus Mistry’s Allegations: Here’s What Happened
- Pakistan High Commissioner denies allegations leveled on his staffer for espionage activities
- Odisha: Villagers Refuse To Cremate Dalit Woman’s Body
- Here’s What Farhan Akhtar Said On Karan Johar-MNS ‘Deal’ Over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s Release
- Government’s Diwali Gift to Central Government Employees, Pensioners
- Bigg Boss 10 26th October Review: This Episode Is All About Fights
- New Zealand Beat India By 19 Runs In Ranchi; Series Levelled At 2-2
- DND Toll-Free: Noida Toll Company Moves Supreme Court Against Allahabad High Court
- British PM Theresa May Says Kashmir Is A Matter For India, Pakistan To Sort Out
- J&K: Students Suffer As Schools Along LOC Forced To Shut Amid Firing
“Our message to those who rule the US is respect Venezuela, respect Latin America and let’s establish new levels of relations.”
Only excerpts of the interview hosted by Christiane Amanpour were released, which it said would air in full Friday.
“Those who have started the violence are in the minority,” Maduro said.
“It’s a tiny group belonging to the opposition and they have put the rest of the opposition in a dire situation.”
He wondered aloud what would happen “if a tiny group said they were going to start a revolution or a revolt to change the constitutional government of the US.”
“I guess they would react and resort to the tools to restore order and peace,” Maduro said.
The United States and Venezuela have not had ambassadors in each other’s countries since 2010. Last month, the two countries exchanged hostile gestures, such as Caracas expelling three US diplomats. Washington answered in kind.
However, Maduro appointed young diplomat Maximilian Arvelaez to serve as his ambassador to Washington.
The US State Department, however, gave the move a cool reception, noting that an exchange of ambassadors must be a reciprocal gesture.
Two weeks ago, an English news channel said that the Venezuelan government had revoked the credential of the news network’s staff in Caracas and work permits for anchors Patricia Janiot and Rafael Lomo.