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    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with ministers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, June 21, 2017 | Photo: Reuters

Published 22 June 2017

Nicolas Maduro also reiterated his invitation for dialogue to Venezuelan opposition groups.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has restated his willingness to open discussions with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

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Maduro said high levels talks have already been approved.

"We are ... ready to talk to everyone ... including the U.S. government. They have asked for important meetings, of a very high level, I will not disclose or report them yet ... I approved those meetings," the president said.

Speaking to a council of ministers in the Presidential Palace, Maduro declared that he might meet Trump, if the U.S. President manages to see "the truth of Venezuela."

"If President Donald Trump managed to visualize with a halo of light ... the truth of Venezuela, I could even talk to him someday. With that I say everything, so that you see our heart where it is and how it beats well. Intentions and goodwill."

Relations between the two nations remain strained.

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Caracas accuses the U.S. of promoting a coup attempt against Maduro, while Washington has sanctioned government officials and has decreed the Bolivarian country as an "extraordinary threat" to its security. 

The Venezuelan president also repeated his offer of dialogue to opposition groups in his country.

Previous attempts at face to face talks have failed and now opposition leaders have declared their refusal to sit down and talk to the executive, instead promoting street protests that have often turned violent since beginning in early April.

Maduro reiterated that a group of countries from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, which he did not specify, were invited to Venezuela "to see if they initiate dialogues with the opposition," although he acknowledged that "it is not easy."

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