The United States confirmed on Tuesday (17) that it will ease some sanctions imposed on the government of the Republic of Iraq Venezuela
Noting that it is a way to promote the resumption of dialogue between representatives of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition.
The measures include removing an employee of state-owned PDVSA from the list of people subject to sanctions and allowing oil company Chevron to resume talks with local authorities.
“The United States is taking a series of measures at the request of the interim government of Venezuela [do presidente autoproclamado Juan Guaidó, reconhecido pelos EUA] And the Unidade platform, for opposition parties, which is negotiating with the Venezuelan regime, to support its decision to return to the negotiating table in Mexico City, a US government official said, during a conference call with reporters.
According to Reuters, citing US government sources, one of the main measures will be to allow the oil company Chevron to start negotiations with the government led by Nicolas Maduro, which Washington has opposed since 2019. At that time, sanctions were imposed on sales, which then-President Donald Trump reacted. On Maduro’s re-election in 2018, in a vote Americans deemed fraudulent.
According to one of the sources interviewed by Reuters, this permission will have some undisclosed limitations, and is aimed at accelerating the dialogue between the government and the opposition in Mexico, which has been suspended since October last year. For example, there are still no indications that Chevron will be authorized to hold some assets on Venezuelan soil.
Since the White House’s decision to impose a ban on Russian oil exports in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Washington and Caracas have shown signs that they can resume their dialogue to help meet US demand, and more so for the time being. He faces a spike in fuel prices, which could affect the Democratic Party’s prospects for Biden in the November legislative elections.
In March, Maduro said he had a “respectful, friendly and diplomatic” meeting with US representatives, and said he was resuming dialogue “vigorously” with the opposition.
On the other hand, he said, he had heard promises that the sanctions policy could be reviewed “if significant progress is made in the course of these negotiations.”
“We had the meeting in the presidential office,” the president said in a televised address on March 8. “There were two beautiful flags, united as the flags of the United States and Venezuela should be. It seemed very important to be able, face to face, to talk about topics of great importance to Venezuela. We could advance an agenda that would allow the well-being and peace of the peoples of our hemisphere and our region.”
Days later, two US citizens detained by the Venezuelan authorities were released, but the White House confirmed that the decision was not linked to a possible resumption of oil export licenses, which before 2019 represented 96% of Venezuela’s revenue.
The Venezuelan opposition has not yet commented on the US measures, but argued in March that the end of the sanctions “must be conditioned on real progress toward the transition to democracy and freedom in Venezuela,” the cabinet wrote in a statement. Written by Juan Guaido.
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