Venezuela’s Maduro Says He’s Ready to Work Toward Normalization With the US

His comments came after Venezuela's opposition dissolved the US-backed 'interim government'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday that Venezuela is “ready” to work toward normalization with the US, which would involve the Biden administration lifting crippling economic sanctions on the South American country.

“Venezuela is ready, totally ready, to take steps towards a process of normalization of diplomatic, consular and political relations with the current administration of the United States and with administrations to come,” Maduro said.

Maduro’s comments came after Venezuela’s opposition voted to dissolve the US-backed “interim government” and removed Juan Guaido as the “interim president.” Guaido declared himself president in 2019, and he received the full backing of the US, which supported him in a failed coup attempt against Maduro.

The US ramped up the economic pressure on Venezuela as part of the failed regime change effort. The sanctions have had a devastating impact on Venezuela’s civilian population and the country’s economy.

The US still doesn’t recognize Maduro, but the Biden administration has taken steps to ease sanctions on Venezuela slightly. After the opposition and Maduro resumed talks in November, the US granted a license to Chevron to restart pumping some oil in Venezuela, but most economic sanctions remain.

The US and Venezuela have held some back-channel talks, but Maduro said he wants the dialogue to be held at a high level. “We are prepared for dialogue at the highest level, for relations of respect, and I wish a beam of light would come to the United States of America, they would turn the page and leave their extremist policy aside and come to more pragmatic policies with respect to Venezuela,” he said.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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