Nicolas Maduro vows to attend Summit of Americas

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The document also said that the government of Peru made a decision to reconsider the invitation to the Venezuelan government to the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima, and declared that Maduro would "not be welcome", despite the formal invitation sent by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to the Venezuelan delegation.

Asked about not be invited to the April meeting in Peru's capital Lima on Thursday, Maduro promised he'd be there.

"If the USA puts an oil embargo on us, we will take our boat and go somewhere else", Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

Maduro had been among leaders invited to the Summit of the Americas, a regional gathering seen as the premier forum for projecting USA leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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"I don't remember his exact words, but he said he is a businessman, his family has worked hard to establish the business and that right now the conditions are inadequate for him to be a candidate", the employee told Reuters of a meeting Mendoza held in recent days with workers in Valencia. "If you want to talk about Venezuela, let's talk about Venezuela". The U.S. has sanctioned dozens of top government officials - including Maduro himself - accusing the ruling socialists of pushing the South American towards one-man rule. They also say he refuses to acknowledge Venezuela's humanitarian suffering, making it futile to meet.

He says right-wing regional governments are part of US -led global conspiracy to topple him and take control of the OPEC member's oil resources.

Maduro does have allies in Latin America.

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"They're the most unpopular governments on the planet", he said, naming Argentina, Colombia and Peru.

"We are being subjected to global persecution", said Maduro, pointing a finger at right-wing opposition leader Julio Borges for lobbying Washington and the European Union to sanction the Venezuelan government.

Venezuela, home to the world's biggest crude reserves, has further backing from global giants China and Russian Federation, which have both lent Caracas billions of dollars.

Bolivia's Evo Morales and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega are also on Maduro's side, as are China and Russian Federation, which have both lent Caracas billions of dollars. Still, even their support has cooled somewhat during a fifth straight year of recession and widespread accusations of mismanagement and corruption.

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