Venezuela government and opposition to renew talks amid humanitarian crisis.

Written by on May 18, 2022

Venezuela’s government and opposition say they are ready to restart talks in Mexico aimed at resolving the country’s political crisis.

Negotiations collapsed in October after an ally of President Nicolas Maduro was extradited to the US by Cape Verde.

But the opposition said discussions took place on restarting talks after a photo was released showing delegates of the two sides shaking hands. It comes as the US agreed to ease some sanctions against Caracas on Tuesday.

US officials said the move, which was taken in close collaboration with opposition leaders, was designed to entice Mr Maduro back to the negotiating table and would include easing sanctions against some Venezuelan officials.

Chevron, the last major American oil company with significant operations in the country, will also be permitted to engage in discussions about future activities with Mr Maduro’s government.

The opposition’s main demand is a free and fair presidential election, which is scheduled to take place in 2024.

Ango Bally

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