Trump cri­sis talks slammed:

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Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Cara­cas has de­nounced Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s plans to meet with Latin Amer­i­can lead­ers con­cern­ing Venezuela’s on­go­ing cri­sis, brand­ing the talks as “ri­val di­a­logue.”

Ear­lier in the day Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser H.R. McMaster had an­nounced plans for a “work­ing din­ner” on Mon­day that will con­vene sev­eral Latin Amer­i­can lead­ers in New York, as the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly gets un­der­way.

Dur­ing the din­ner Trump ex­pects to “dis­cuss the cri­sis in Venezuela, as well as the strong eco­nomic ties and ex­tra­or­di­nary suc­cess of like-minded Latin Amer­i­can nations in re­cent decades,” McMaster told jour­nal­ists, with­out elab­o­rat­ing on which lead­ers the talks will in­clude. But hav­ing just be­gun ex­ploratory talks with op­po­si­tion del­e­gates this week, Cara­cas met the news with scorn.

“You have noth­ing to eval­u­ate Pres­i­dent Trump ... eval­u­ate your in­ter­nal prob­lems,” For­eign Min­is­ter Jorge Ar­reaza told jour­nal­ists, lam­bast­ing the planned meet­ing as “ri­val di­a­logue.” (AFP)

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