Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro conferred the country's highest distinction, the Order of the Liberator, on his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the event, local media reported.
"Venezuela has the right to sell what it produces. We are moving forward with the plan on gold output as the new source of prosperity," the Union broadcaster cited Maduro as saying after the meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Media reported last month that Maduro intended to repatriate $550 million worth of gold kept in the Bank of England over concerns that it could be confiscated under the US sanctions. The transfer was delayed, however, due to difficulties in securing the insurance for the valuable cargo.
On November 1, US President Donald Trump ordered sanctions on Venezuela's gold reserve. According to the US administration, Washington was seeking to prevent the Venezuelan authorities from plundering the country's property and harm Venezuela's infrastructure and environment.