Venezuela Readying Return to Mexico-Based Talks With Opposition

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Venezuela’s government is set to approve a return to Mexico-based negotiations with the country’s political opposition, almost a year after the last meeting, six sources with knowledge of the matter said in recent days.

The talks between President Nicolas Maduro’s government and the opposition are meant to find solutions to Venezuela’s long-running political and economic crisis. They come at a time when the U.S. is increasing pressure for progress towards a free and fair presidential election.

The opposition will repeat its long-standing petition for release of political prisoners and guarantees for an election slated for 2024, two sources close to preparations for the talks said.

Envoys from Caracas and Washington have met several times in Doha since last year in separate conversations, according to other sources with knowledge of those talks, but Venezuela’s opposition did not directly participate.

The U.S. State Department and Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

Topics on the agenda in Qatar included the possibility of relief from U.S. oil sanctions – via authorizations that would allow foreign energy firms to take Venezuelan crude for debt repayment – and possible efforts to deal with the influx of Venezuelan migrants to the United States, the sources said.

Source : Reuters