LatinNews Daily - 04 July 2022

US delegation visits Venezuela

Venezuela: On 28 June, a US delegation met in Caracas with Venezuela’s opposition coalition Plataforma Unitaria de Venezuela (PUV). A PUV press release states that “We reiterate that we are ready to immediately resume serious negotiations under the memorandum signed in Mexico with the objective of putting an end to Venezuelan’s suffering and achieving change through the most powerful tool that citizens possess – the vote”. This follows a meeting which took place on 23 June at the White House between US President Joe Biden, US First Lady Jill Biden and Fabiana Rosales, wife of Juan Guaidό who leads the Venezuelan opposition and is officially recognised by the US as Venezuela’s interim president. Details on the delegation’s activities in Venezuela are scarce. The US government has not publicly commented on its engagement with the Nicolás Maduro administration, and the only information on the meeting came from Maduro himself, who said that US officials had met with the president of the national assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, to “continue discussions that began on 5 March and the bilateral agenda between the US and Venezuelan governments”. Officially, the trip was aimed at securing the release of US citizens detained in Venezuela, but the issue of sanctions and the suspended talks between the government and opposition are certain to have been discussed.

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