People take part in an event, headed by Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza (2nd R, front), to collect signatures for a petition against the executive order of U.S. President Barack Obama which declares Venezuela as a threat to the national security of the U.S., in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 31, 2015. (Xinhua/Fausto Torrealba/AVN)
People take part in an event, headed by Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza (2nd R, front), to collect signatures for a petition against the executive order of U.S. President Barack Obama which declares Venezuela as a threat to the national security of the U.S., in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 31, 2015. (Xinhua/Fausto Torrealba/AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday said more than 8 million people have signed on a petition demanding U.S. President Barack Obama repeal a decree that dubs the South American country a security threat.

People take part in an event, headed by Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza (2nd R, front), to collect signatures for a petition against the executive order of U.S. President Barack Obama which declares Venezuela as a threat to the national security of the U.S., in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 31, 2015. (Xinhua/Fausto Torrealba/AVN)
People take part in an event, headed by Venezuela’s Vice President Jorge Arreaza (2nd R, front), to collect signatures for a petition against the executive order of U.S. President Barack Obama which declares Venezuela as a threat to the national security of the U.S., in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 31, 2015. (Xinhua/Fausto Torrealba/AVN)

“Thanks to the entire country, we are toward the victory of peace,” Maduro said on Twitter of the campaign, which seeks to collect 10 million signatures and deliver them to Obama later this week.

The presidents of the two American foes are set to meet at the Organization of American States summit to be held on Friday and Saturday in Panama.

The signature campaign was launched after Obama signed a decree on March 9 declaring Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security and foreign policy.

As a tit-for-tat, Maduro later designated March 9 a “Bolivarian Anti-Imperialism Day.”

Venezuelan officials said the drive has collected signatures from many people outside Venezuela, and has also gained the support of several regional organizations.

Venezuela-U.S. ties have further deteriorated over the last few months. Maduro accused Washington of working with local opposition to stage a coup to topple him, but the United States called the accusation “ridiculous.”

The two nations have not had ambassadors in each other’s capitals for years, despite their stable commercial relations.

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Venezuela officially objects to U.S. decree, with message to embassy

CARACAS, March 27 (Xinhua) — Venezuela on Friday officially objected to a White House decree labeling it a “national security threat”, by delivering a “note of protest” to the U.S. embassy in Caracas.

Foreign Affairs Minister Delcy Rodriguez said at a press conference that the note “vehemently rejects” the assertion and calls on the U.S. to revoke the March 9 executive order signed by President Barack Obama.

Source: Xinhua

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