Maduro Repeats Invitation to Biden to Start a “New Era” in US-Venezuela Relations

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The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, repeated on Tuesday the invitation of his American counterpart, Joe Biden, to start a “new era” in relations between the two countries under the line of “respect ” and with the lifting of economic sanctions.

“We will start a new era, a new era of relations of respect and cooperation at the highest level between the United States and Venezuela, we are ready, we are ready, we want it,” said the president during the National Economic meeting. Council.

“This is the consensus of all the political, religious, cultural and social sectors of Venezuela. Powerful consensus, new relationship between the United States and Venezuela, of respect,” he continued.

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Maduro cut ties with the United States in January 2019, when Washington recognized the opposition Juan Guaidó as “interim president” after proclaiming himself in a square in front of a large crowd.

The White House’s support for Guaidó came after Maduro’s re-election in 2018 was considered a “fraud.” In recent months, Washington and Caracas have had some rapprochements due to energy interests.

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However, the head of US diplomacy for Latin America, Brian Nichols, said in October that the United States was “not” ready for “a change in diplomatic relations” with Venezuela.

His statement came after Biden’s government announced a temporary lifting of economic sanctions on Venezuelan oil, gas and gold, in exchange for an agreement reached between Maduro and the opposition on the conditions for the 2024 presidential election.

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Washington also made it clear that if the Maduro government violates the agreement reached with the opposition it may reimpose sanctions.

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The head of diplomacy of the United States, Antony Blinken, also called on Maduro to set a calendar to remove the political disqualifications of potential opposition candidates before the end of November.

However, Maduro reiterated that Venezuela will not accept “blackmail” and called again for the definitive lifting of sanctions.

“Everyone in Venezuela, everyone in Venezuela, by consensus, demands that all the sanctions against its economy be lifted permanently and truly,” he said.