Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has extended an invitation to President David Granger to a one on one meeting ahead of addressing world leaders at the 70th UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Tuesday.
A statement from Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the president extended the call to Granger to facilitate a meeting “in which they can find a positive way to clear obstacles in relations between the two governments.”
The state owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper says the statement dated September 22, was issued on the same day that the Government of Guyana announced what it described as “unusual” activities at the Guyana-Venezuela border and on the Cuyuni River.
Approximately 200 military troops have been participating in what the Venezuelan Minister of Defence called “operational exercises”.
The Venezuelan President said he is prepared to undertake all diplomatic actions with the aim of resolving the border controversy but maintained that Venezuela has a legitimate claim of Guyana’s Essequibo Region.