Maduro announced his interest in dialogue with the opposition and readiness for negotiations

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HAVANA, 25 November. /TASS/. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that he was ready for a dialogue with the opposition, and expressed gratitude to Mexico and Norway for their efforts in organizing the negotiation process.

“I extend my hand to the entire Venezuelan opposition, as always, for dialogue. I thank Norway and the Mexican government for their readiness to make peace and dialogue an achievement of the Venezuelan people. This is the democratic path,” the head of state wrote on his Twitter page. Earlier Thursday, the Norwegian embassy in Mexico City confirmed that talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition would resume in Mexico City on November 26.

“[Работа по диалогу ведется] to save some of the billions of dollars stolen from us through sanctions and unilateral coercive measures. And all the money that we save, we invest in Venezuela, in electricity, water, health, education, Maduro said on Thursday on the air of the radio station Miraflores. – Venezuela has enough resources that are being plundered and illegally blocked. Venezuela is under siege.”

The political situation in the country worsened after opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whose appointment to the post of speaker of parliament had been annulled by the Supreme Court two days earlier, declared himself acting president on January 23, 2019. The United States recognized him as interim head of state, then the countries of the Lima Group (with the exception of Mexico), the Organization of American States and most members of the European Union joined them. Maduro called the incident an attempted coup and announced the severance of diplomatic relations with the United States. Russia, Belarus, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria and Turkey expressed their support.

In August 2021, the Venezuelan government and opposition began negotiations in Mexico mediated by Norway. Later, Maduro announced his refusal to continue dialogue with the opposition until Washington is held accountable for the kidnapping of Venezuelan and Colombian citizen Alex Saab. He was detained in Cape Verde and extradited to the United States, where he is accused of laundering Venezuelan budget funds through American structures. In May of this year, the President of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, said that he had met with opposition representative Gerardo Blyde to discuss the possibility of resuming negotiations.

Source: Rambler

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