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Peru expels Venezuela's ambassador to protest assembly

Peru expels Venezuela's ambassador to protest assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump.

However, Maduro, himself a tough critic of Trump, reached out to Trump Thursday during his first address to the new constituent assembly, and asked to meet with the president next month, when they are both due to attend that UN General Assembly in NY.

In his remarks, the Venezuelan leader asked for a "personal conversation" with Trump when they gather in New York City next month at the United Nations General Assembly.

"If he's so interested in Venezuela, here I am", Maduro told the assembly during a three-hour speech.

But Maduro used substantial parts of his three-hour-plus speech lambasting the "imperialist" USA for perceived actions against his regime.

"President Maduro swore in this illegitimate Constituent Assembly to further entrench his dictatorship, and continues to tighten his grip on the country", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement announcing the latest sanctions.

The Constituent Assembly was elected on July 30 and has more than 500 members, all related to the Maduro government, with the mission of solving the country's crisis.

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. Both were also barred from holding public office.

The developments fuelled tensions that have been flaring in Venezuela for the past four months.

More than 120 people have been killed in violent anti-government protests since April.

Bolivian president Evo Morales, soon after addressing a massive gathering of his country's armed forces in a national ceremony where he urged them to stand ready to protect regional sovereignty, used Twitter to warn against USA aggression in all its forms - be they economic through sanctions, obfuscated by operating through junior partners like Peru or of a direct military character. On Thursday a group calling itself The Binary Guardians claimed responsibility for a massive cyberattack that cut mobile telephone service to seven million users.

Maduro says the 545-member assembly will bring peace and prosperity to Venezuela.

He also highlighted the opposition political parties have registered candidates for the regional elections scheduled for next December 10 and are ready to participate in democratic elections.

One radical party split from the coalition over the decision.

The assembly, being called a "legislative superbody" by the global press, was his creation and won approval in a national election on Sunday that the opposition made the huge mistake of boycotting because they said it was illegitimate.

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