Venezuela crisis: Maduro willing to 'shake hands' with Trump

Venezuela crisis: Maduro willing to 'shake hands' with Trump

"Every option - and you know what I mean by strong", Trump said while in ny for the UN General Assembly.

"Canada today joins Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru in referring the situation in Venezuela to the International Criminal Court", Chrystia Freeland said.

"There are a lot of people who are fleeing Venezuela, and these people, in addition to being poor and hungry, many of them are really sick and have illnesses which we thought had been eradicated". I'm willing to meet with anybody. "But If I can help people, that's what I'm here for".

Trump said earlier he was nonetheless willing to meet Maduro, who on Tuesday had also raised the possibility.

The U.N. migration and refugees organizations said in a joint statement in August that 2.3 million Venezuelans are now living overseas and more than 1.6 million have left since 2015. Hyperinflation in the country by the end of the year will be 1 000 000%, three million people fled to other countries, but Maduro and his entourage continued "to use the financial schemes to hide the corruption among the ruling class and big mistakes in management".

Trump notes that the country - once one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere - is spiralling downwards.

Maduro has been seeking a meeting with Trump for nearly two years and has watched with frustration as the USA leader has talked with American adversaries like North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russia's Vladimir Putin while shunning Venezuelan entreaties.

Venezuela's President, Nicholas Maduro, has said that he is willing to reach out to his U.S. counterpart and discuss mutual grievances.

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The Venezuelan government lashed backed at Trump. Just last week he had said he would likely skip the meeting (as he did last year) due to security concerns. The statement added that Trump's comments "emerge from a context of successive threats of military intervention in Venezuela, which could tend to create a regional conflict of unforeseen proportions".

"There is a humanitarian crisis going on in a country that used to be one of the most successful and prosperous countries in South America. Every option is on the table with respect to Venezuela". We're all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very very far away, Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and dying. But he declined to talk about possible U.S. military options.

Trump's remarks drew condemnation at the time.

Human Rights Watch was among those hailing the request, which was based on two reports: one by the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights that uncovered widespread extrajudicial executions and other violations, and another by an expert group designated by the Organization of American States that found reason to suspect 11 people, including Maduro, of crimes against humanity.

Nevertheless, a year later, the idea of a military option has gained traction. "Hardships have made us stronger".

"The oligarchies of the continent - and those who rule them from Washington - want political control of Venezuela", he said.

In the recent years, Venezuela has been living through an acute socio-economic crisis accompanied by hiking prices, food and medicines shortages and devaluation of the national currency.