Maduro's offer of dialogue with U.S. stands: Venezuela foreign minister

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is pictured at the United Nations during a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro still hopes to establish communication and dialogue with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, Venezuela’s foreign minister told the United Nations Security Council on Saturday.

Washington has recognized the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American nation’s interim president and has asked Maduro, a socialist in power since 2013, to step down.

“It is our intention to establish communication and dialogue with the government of President Trump, that offer stands and is still on the table. That is what we have sought to do since the very first day of office,” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said in a meeting on Venezuela requested by the United States.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Paul Simao