The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, confirmed this Thursday that his country It will be the venue for conversationss between the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition, mediated by Norway.
“The Secretary of (Foreign) Relations has just informed me that at the proposal of Norway it is proposed that Mexico be the headquarters for carry out these negotiations and we agree“said the president during his usual morning conference.
“They are talks by the government of Venezuela and the opposition. Hopefully and an agreement is reached“he added.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, agreed to dialogue with the opposition. Photo: EFE
Last June, the Mexican Foreign Ministry reported that it was promoting political dialogue with Norway in the South American country, although they had not yet defined where it would take place.
On July 24, Maduro said that he expected the table to be installed in Mexico in August and that “possibly” it would have the participation of the United States government.
“Yes, these talks are going to take place and we help our country to host these talks,” confirmed López Obrador, who he excused himself from giving details on the date of the meeting.
Regarding the negotiations, Maduro has said that a “complex, difficult agenda” is envisaged, but that the foundations for the start of dialogue have already been laid.
The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó will participate in the meeting with the Venezuelan ruling party in Mexico. Photo: EFE
The Venezuelan leader has expressed on other occasions his willingness to dialogue with the opposition led by Juan Guaidó, whom more than 50 countries consider the president in charge of the country after ignoring the re-election of Maduro in 2018, which they consider fraudulent.
Maduro had conditioned his participation to the lifting of economic sanctions, which include a Venezuelan oil embargo, which has closed financing channels in the midst of a severe economic crisis.
Guaidó has also said he is prepared to sit down with the government. It demands an election schedule that includes presidential elections, in exchange for a “progressive lifting” of sanctions.
The United States and the European Union have already expressed their willingness to review enforcement measures if the discussions in favor of “credible” elections advance.
Venezuela is preparing to hold elections for mayors and governors on November 21, which Maduro has promised to respect, seeking to regain international recognition.
The last time the government and the opposition sat at a negotiating table was in Barbados in 2019, also sponsored by Norway. Those talks were sold out without agreements.