Venezuela: Maduro "optimistic" after resumption of dialogue with the opposition


Caracas – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was "optimistic" on Monday after the dialogue on the island of Barbados resumed between the representatives of his government and those of the opposition to try to end the political crisis who shakes the country.

"I am very optimistic (…). Today, they had a five-hour meeting and it seems to me that step by step, with strategic patience, we are paving the way for peaceMaduro said in a statement broadcast by state television VTV.

Mr. Maduro assured to have received reports "promising"His chief negotiator, the Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez.The Venezuelan President added that a six-point program with a"vision of the whole country"was discussed, without providing further details.

"If we work with goodwill and there is no gringo interventionism (…), I am sure that agreements will be concluded", added Nicolas Maduro, who accuses the United States of the failure of previous negotiations in late 2017 and early 2018 in the Dominican Republic.

The delegations of the Government of Venezuela and opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized as interim president by some 50 countries, arrived on the Caribbean island of Barbados on Monday morning. This is a third round of dialogue since May, after two initial meetings held in Oslo in May that yielded no tangible results.

The Venezuelan government's N.2, Diosdado Cabello, confirmed that the delegation for this third session of talks would be the same as in Oslo, led in particular by the Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza. "We absolutely support the proposal"Dialogue, said Monday Mr Cabello.

The opposition also sent the same delegation that previously in Norway, including the parliamentarian Stalin Gonzalez, former MP Gerardo Blyde and former minister Fernando Martinez Mottola, it was confirmed to AFP.

– "Exit of the dictatorship"-

Last week, Juan Guaido dismissed new negotiations after the death in custody "after being tortured"Lieutenant-Commander Rafael Acosta Arevalo The soldier was accused by the government of wanting to participate in a"coup attempt"foiled.

For his part, Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly stated that the dialogue "continue"with the opposition.

On Sunday, Juan Guaido, who tries to dislodge Nicolas Maduro since January, said the negotiations were aimed atexit of the dictatorship"as he qualifies the government.

Some of the opposition rejected the talks, saying they would give "oxygen"to the Venezuelan president.

"A violent solution (…) could lead to a loss of governability including for a new government"Opposition MP Enrique Marquez told AFP.

Meanwhile, Juan Guaido met Monday with the "special adviser"for Venezuela from the European Union (EU), the Uruguayan Enrique Iglesias.

Iglesias was then received by Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, according to images broadcast by state television. "Iglesias ratifies its commitment to the dialogue process", said Ms. Rodriguez on Twitter.

Venezuela's political crisis is compounded by the worst economic crisis in recent history in this country with the largest oil reserves in the world. Hyperinflation is expected to reach 10,000,000% in 2019, according to the IMF. Drug and petrol shortages are increasing and a quarter of the population needs emergency humanitarian aid, according to the UN.

The Government considers that Venezuela is a victim ofblockade"that the United States put in place against it through many economic sanctions.


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