Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro (left) meets with U.S. Secretary of State, John Keery in Cartagena, Colombia

(Prensa Latina) Relations with the United States, the promotion of social projects and the beginning of the school year made headlines in Venezuela this week, when the murder of young assembly member Robert Serra is commemorated.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reiterated during the last seven days the government’s willingness to build an agenda with the United States based on the principles of the United Nations Charter.

His statements made headlines after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Cartagena, following the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

We are willing to maintain peaceful relations with Barack Obama and the president who will occupy the White House after the elections, he said at the time.

The meeting with Kerry was held in an atmosphere of mutual respect, he said during his television program ‘En Contacto con Maduro’ (In Contact with Maduro), broadcast by the state-owned Venezolana de Television.

The head of State asked for God’s blessings for the results of the meeting and for Venezuela to open a new era of relations with the United States.

In that regard, Maduro stated that Thomas Shannon, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, will soon visit Venezuela, noting that Kerry was willing to travel to Caracas if relations between the two countries improve.