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Diplomats: Venezuelan government, opposition to meet


MEXICO — The Venezuelan government and its opposition will resume long-stalled negotiations over the weekend to find a common way out of their country’s complex crisis, Norwegian diplomats said Thursday.

The announcement of upcoming talks in Mexico City comes two weeks after delegates from both sides took part in a roundtable on the Venezuelan crisis, promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The talks officially began in September 2021 in Mexico but were suspended the following month when President Nicolas Maduro ordered his delegation to withdraw in protest at the extradition to the United States of a close ally.

“We announce that the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the United Platform of Venezuela have decided to resume the process of dialogue and negotiation in Mexico on November 26, facilitated by Norway,” the Norwegian Embassy tweeted. in Mexico. “There the parties will sign a partial agreement on social issues.”

The talks are expected to focus on a humanitarian aid package for the cash-strapped South American country as well as terms for a presidential election slated for 2024. Representatives of Maduro and the opposition, including the faction backed by the United States and led by Juan Guaido, will likely also discuss a U.S. expansion of oil giant Chevron to operate in Venezuela.

ABC

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