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    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was ready to normalize relations with Washington and restore diplomatic missions.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was ready to restore relations with the United States and appoint a new ambassador to Washington, Globovision reported.

    "I offer [State] Secretary John Kerry to appoint ambassadors, I am ready to appoint ambassador to Washington again, I am ready to normalize relations… I am the one who has been proposing to open a new stage in the dialogue for three years," Maduro said as quoted by Globovision.

    He added that Kerry offered Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez to hold several high profile official meetings, and he approved this offer.

    In December 2010, Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan president at that time, refused to accept US Ambassador Larry Palmer nominated by President Barack Obama and accused the US diplomat of disrespectful statements about Venezuela.

    After that, the United States revoked the visa of Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez. As a result, the diplomatic missions of the two countries are headed by charges d'affaires.


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