Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk during their meeting in Cartagena, Colombia September 26, 2016. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Monday night, the first formal meeting between the two since Kerry became the top United States diplomat.Several journalists were allowed into the meeting as it began, but neither Kerry nor Maduro gave an indication of what they would discuss. Maduro said the peace agreement signed in Cartagena was "like a dream". Maduro's government is facing a dire economic and political crisis.Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, better known as Timochenko, signed the peace accord Monday at a ceremony attended by international leaders and thousands of Colombians.Santos' predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, frequently accused the government of neighboring Venezuela of harboring and supporting the FARC.
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