Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urges U.S. President Barack Obama to change his stance towards Caracas following talks with U.S. veteran diplomat Tom Shannon. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is hoping for a new relationship with the United States after meetings with senior U.S. diplomat, Thomas Shannon. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "I confirmed to Deputy Secretary Thomas Shannon to send a message to President Obama that it is never too late. Hopefully President Obama will rectify his position from the last eight years against the Bolivarian revolution and that the last seven months of his administration be a path of transition of dialogue, of respect and a positive agenda between the United States and Venezuela." Officials said Maduro and Shannon spoke for nearly two hours as part of an effort to re-start relations between the ideologically opposed governments. The meeting comes amid a punishing economic crisis, where even basic necessities can be hard to come by. It also comes the day before the Organization of American States was to discuss a proposal that could eventually lead to a vote on suspending Venezuela from the group.