Venezuela sold 9.9 percent of joint venture to China oil firm: Maduro

Turkish steak delight for crisis hit Venezuela's President Maduro draws opponents fury

A video grab shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro smoking a cigar

As for Salt Bae's meeting with Maduro, he has since deleted all his social media posts that included the Venezuelan president.

Gokce owns several luxurious restaurants in the U.S., the Middle East and Turkey, and videos of him carving meat have been watched by millions of people.

President Maduro mentioned his visit to the restaurant when he first arrived back in Venezuela.

Gokce, a worldwide restaurateur better known by his nickname Salt Bae, posted the videos on his Instagram account seen by some 16 million followers alongside photos of him serving clients like Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona and posing as Don Corleone from the "Godfather" movies.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he was evaluating whether or not he would attend this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in NY, citing concerns about his safety.

Over 2 million Venezuelans have left the country in the last two and a half years in what Mr Urribarri called "the most significant migration crisis in South America in decades".

The chef, whose signature move is flamboyantly sprinkling salt on meat, has a global restaurant empire that includes an outpost in Miami. Since then, Rubio has pushed for tougher sanctions against the Latin American country, has encouraged a military coup against Maduro, and has spoke in favor of USA military intervention in Venezuela.

"I don't know who this weirdo #Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the President of Venezuela".

He did not say how much Venezuela received or which company bought the shares in Sinovensa, which is partly owned by state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The visit caused online consternation that the president chose to enjoy a "lavish" meal at the famed restaurant. He showed us a museum when we were having lunch with him.

Venezuela could see inflation as high as 1 million per cent this year, according to a July forecast from the International Monetary Fund, with locals needing stacks and stacks of cash just to buy basic food items.

Asked by reporters on Tuesday whether Maduro had asked for a new grace period to meets its debt obligations with China, he said "Venezuela pays on time".

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