Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has teased US President Donald Trump, his fierce opponent, with a message of thanks for making him famous with constant criticism.
Several significant deals were signed during his stay in Ankara, "We signed a set of agreements and we are opening up very important roads with Turkey".
Venezuelan state news outlet VTV quotes Maduro as stating that he is seeking closer ties to Turkey because "Turkey is one of the emerging nations of the 21st Century, a powerful country with a long history with which we have been exploring, working, and creating new forms of cooperation". We believe in a better world.
Venezuela has been going through months of upheaval with critics accusing the leftist Maduro of a naked power grab in July with the formation of a Constituent Assembly packed with his allies.
"We want to open a new era in relations between Venezuela and Turkey", Maduro said in a joint statement with Erdogan after their talks.
The first lady's spokeswoman denied she made that comment, telling The Post that Trump "only offered words of encouragement and strength".
Erdogan also announced Turkey's plans to dispatch more diplomats to Venezuela, as well as to build a Turkish cultural center and a mosque in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.
Venezuela's opposition says the government routinely frames activists by planting explosive materials, arms and money, and invents links between them and criminals, to justify political repression.
Venezuelan lawyer Hermann Escarrá will ask President Nicolas Maduro to sue the United States before the International Court of Justice for imposing illegal sanctions against Venezuela and its officials.
In August, U.S. President Donald Trump said he wouldn't rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the country's descent into political chaos. They discussed ways to deepen economic and energy ties and explored opportunities for military industry cooperation, the Turkish leader said.