LatinNews Daily - 21 February 2022

US participates in high level meeting on Venezuela

Venezuela: On 15 February the US along with 19 countries and the European Union (EU) met to “reaffirm their commitment” to a Venezuelan-led negotiated solution to restore democracy in Venezuela. According to a US State Department press release, the participants welcomed the EU Election Observation Mission’s work and “the importance of the comprehensive and incremental dialogue and negotiation framework launched on 13 August 2021, in Mexico City”, as “important steps to shape a common understanding of conditions needed to foster credible, inclusive, and transparent legislative and presidential elections – the latter at the latest in 2024 – and to confirm their support for an inclusive, diverse, and unified democratic opposition in Venezuela”. Among other things the participants discussed the need for free and fair presidential elections; the immediate and unconditional release of all those arbitrarily detained and the independence of the judiciary. The participants further discussed the importance of “urgently resuming inclusive negotiations in Mexico in good faith, in the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Mexico City”.

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