Representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be meeting with Juan Guaido’s opposition for a fresh round of talks in Barbados this week.
“In response to the mediation of the Kingdom of Norway, (the opposition) will attend a meeting with representatives of the usurper regime in Barbados, to establish a negotiation on the end of the dictatorship,” Guaido said in a statement on Sunday.
Guaido changed his tune from his comments last week when he said there is “never” a good time to talk to the “dictatorship.”
Maduro called for talks during a speech on Friday, Venezuela’s Independence Day. Guaido also spoke that day at an opposition rally and said, “Do you think we would go into any venue and confront the dictatorship and let them buy time so that they could make fools of us? Each venue we go to is to confront them.”
Maduro’s representatives and the opposition held talks in Norway back in May. During the talks U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters, “We note the talks in Norway. As we have repeatedly stated, the United States believes the only thing to negotiate with Nicolas Maduro is the conditions of his departure.”
CNBC headlined their story on this news as “Venezuela’s internationally-recognized government set to hold fresh talks with Maduro envoys.” Since Juan Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela on January 23rd, the U.S. and about 50 of its allies recognize Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. But Maduro is still in power in Caracas, the military has stayed loyal to him and the rest of the world still recognizes him as the Venezuelan President despite what Guaido and the U.S. say.