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Venezuela’s Maduro Hits International Circuit Seeking Legitimacy

  • In Egypt, Maduro shakes hands with Kerry, greets Macron
  • Maduro aide traveling to France for Paris Peace Forum
Nicolas Maduro, center, at the COP27 climate conference in  in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on Nov. 8.

Nicolas Maduro, center, at the COP27 climate conference in  in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on Nov. 8.

Photographer: Islam Safwat/Bloomberg
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For years, Nicolas Maduro stuck closely to the confines of the presidential palace in Caracas as the US isolated him abroad. This week, though, he roamed the UN climate summit in Egypt, gleefully approaching fellow presidents and posing for photos. 

He exchanged pleasantries with French President Emmanuel Macron, shook hands with US envoy John Kerry and lined up with other world leaders for a group picture. Even though the State Department said the meeting with Kerry was not planned and that Maduro had interrupted other leaders at the event, Venezuela’s state media apparatus was quick to broadcast the encounters.