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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s Attempt to Send Message to Joe Biden in English Elicits Laughter from Audience

Two days after the sanctions of USA a Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro had an idea: send a message to Joe Biden live on television, speaking in English. But the attempt, due to his difficulties in pronouncing the language, ended in laughter from his own audience.

“I tell the negotiators to tell President Biden the following message…” the Chavista leader began, before taking a pause to try to pronounce “If you want, I want. If you don’t want, I don’t want’”. In the middle of the sentence, because his incorrect pronunciation generated laughter that was impossible to contain for his own audience, the dictator raised his voice trying to silence those present, but he closed with more mistakes. Frustrated, he decided to translate it into “Caraqueño” and be vehement to get out of the bad moment: “If you want I want. If you don’t want it, I don’t want it. Final point”.

The Chavista leader assured this Monday that his country will continue “its economic progress” with or without licenses from the United States, which approved a relief to sanctions on Venezuelan oil, whose validity expires this Thursday, unless Washington decides to extend these measures.

“We are going to continue with a license, without a license, we are not a gringo colony. Venezuela is going to continue its economic march. “No one is going to stop us, gentlemen gringos,” said Maduro during his weekly television program.

He noted that the Joe Biden Administration “keep blackmailing” con “threats” of “they are going to remove the license” which has allowed Caracas to market, without obstacles, its crude oil in the last six months, something that it considered a method”colonialist” and with which the US intends “protect Venezuela’s oil industry”.

“We have taken our own economic model, we do not depend on you gringos. They want to do harm (…) to harm the economy because we are in elections, in an electoral campaign,” he continued.

However, he reiterated that his regime continues to talk with the US government, with which “today at noon (Monday) there was a video conference”, about which he did not want to give details. “I will never close the doors of dialogue with them” the dictator insisted.

Last week, a United States delegation held a meeting with Maduro’s representatives in Mexico, in which they discussed the sanctions and the “agreed schedule” for the relief of these restrictions, according to Caracas.

USA will not renew one temporary license which eased sanctions on the transportation sector since October Petroleum and gas of Venezuela if there is no progress in agreements with the regime Nicolas Maduro about free and fair elections this year a State Department spokesperson said Monday.

“In the absence of progress by Maduro and his representatives in terms of implementing the provisions of the roadmap, The United States will not renew the license when it expires on April 18, 2024” the spokesperson said.

The United States lifted sanctions on Venezuela last year, after the Barbados agreements, to give the Maduro regime incentives to hold free elections this year.

However, This lifting of sanctions was temporary and conditional on progress in the electoral process. In Venezuela.

Given the lack of progress, at the end of January, the United States had reimposed sanctions on the gold sector and has warned that if the situation does not improve it will allow the oil and gas licenses that had been granted to expire on April 18. In Venezuela.

Following the January decision, the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela ratified the disqualification of the opposition presidential candidate, Maria Corina Machado which prevents him from competing in the elections scheduled for the second half of this year.

The former deputy had swept the opposition primaries on October 22, when she received 92.35% of the votes. After being disqualified, Machado appointed Corina Yoris as his replacement for the elections, but Chavismo also prevented him from registering in the presidential race.

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