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CARACAS, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro said on Monday it was time for OPEC to convene a heads of state meeting and that he would present the country's proposals to shore up oil prices to the group.
Middle East producers from OPEC, however, have pledged to maintain high output in a fight to defend market share against rising competition. So far, they have stuck to their decision despite calls by other OPEC members, such as Venezuela, for the Middle East to cut excessive output. (Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer; Writing by Girish Gupta)