México will host talks between the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the political opposition, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters on Thursday, the first time a Mexican official has confirmed the negotiations.
Aug 5, 2021
“What we’re looking for is that there’s dialogue and agreements between the parties,” said López Obrador, declining to provide more details.
Two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday that the talks would likely begin on August 13. It was not clear where in México the talks would be held.
President Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse in the once-prosperous South American nation, has said he is willing to negotiate with opposition leader Juan Guaido.
But Maduro has insisted that the agenda must focus on lifting U.S. sanctions, most of which were created by former U.S. President Donald Trump two years ago in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to force the socialist president from power.