The Venezuelan and US presidents, whose strained relations cast a shadow over the Summit of the Americas in Panama, held a private meeting for the first time in an attempt to alleviate tensions over US-imposed sanctions.
“It was a serious and sincere encounter,” Nicolas Maduro said of the meeting, which was held behind closed doors. “We told the truth and I would say it was cordial,” he added.
Hours earlier, speaking at the summit, he was harsher on his US counterpart.
“I respect you, but I don’t trust you, President Obama,” Maduro told the summit, although at that moment the US president was absent from the room, holding bilateral talks with Colombia’s president