Obama, Venezuela’s Maduro meet for first time

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attends the closing ceremony of the Peoples Summit at the University of Panama on April 11, 2015US President Barack Obama spoke with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the first time, telling him Washington was not seeking to threaten Caracas amid sky-high tensions. The brief encounter happened the same day that Obama held historic talks with Cuban President Raul Castro as part of their efforts to end decades of Cold War-era hostility. In the run-up to the summit, Maduro was seen as a wild card in a gathering meant to showcase a new era in US relations with Latin America following the US-Cuba detente. Maduro told the summit that he respected but did not trust Obama, and that it was the US president who had threatened Venezuela.