Maduro: Meeting with Trump would be ‘for the best’

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told reporters Friday that he is “willing” to meet with President Trump, and that such a meeting would be in the best interest of the two nations.

Speaking to reporters at the United Nation’s (UN) headquarters in New York on Friday, Maduro indicated that he was open to meeting with Trump despite months of tensions between the two countries, according to a video posted to Twitter by Voice of America.

“I think it would be for the best,” Maduro says in the video in Spanish. “I am sure that if Donald Trump and I see each other face to face … I’m sure it would be for the best. I am willing.”

Maduro didn’t respond to questions from reporters as to whether the Trump administration has made any official requests for a meeting. His comments follow those from Trump earlier in the week, in which the U.S. president said he was open to meeting with Maduro but cautioned that “all options are on the table.”

{mosads}”I would certainly be open to it, I’m willing to meet with anybody,” Trump said at the UN’s headquarters.

“All options are on the table, every one,” he added Wednesday, according to Reuters. “The strong ones and the less than strong ones and you know what I mean by strong. Every option is on the table with respect to Venezuela.”

It was reported earlier this month that officials within the Trump administration had met secretly with rebels in Venezuela to discuss plans for a possible coup to replace Maduro, though the plans were ultimately abandoned.

Venezuela faces an ongoing humanitarian crisis amid massive food shortages and allegations of human rights abuses by Maduro’s government.

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