Offer to loosen US sanctions on Venezuela 'not indefinite,' Guaido says

24/1/2022 11:29:00 PM
Offer to loosen US sanctions on Venezuela 'not indefinite,' Guaido says

Offer to loosen US sanctions on Venezuela 'not indefinite,' Guaido says

Offer to loosen US sanctions on Venezuela 'not indefinite,' Guaido says

CARACAS: A US offer to loosen sanctions against Venezuela\u0027s government \u0022is not indefinite\u0022 and could be reversed if the ruling party does not return to talks with the opposition, opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Monday (Jan 24). In October, delegates from the administration of President Nicolas M

CARACAS: A US offer to loosen sanctions against Venezuela's government"is not indefinite" and could be reversed if the ruling party does not return to talks with the opposition, opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Monday (Jan 24).In October, delegates from the administration of President Nicolas Maduro backed out of talks meant to provide a solution to the country's long-running political and economic crisis, after Venezuelan government envoy Alex Saab was extradited by Cape Verde to the United States on money laundering charges.

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In October, delegates from the administration of President Nicolas Maduro backed out of talks meant to provide a solution to the country's long-running political and economic crisis, after Venezuelan government envoy Alex Saab was extradited by Cape Verde to the United States on money laundering charges. The opposition has repeatedly called for a restart to the negotiations, while Washington has said previously it is serious about revising sanctions if there are changes in Venezuela, but also serious about possibly adding additional sanctions if not. It said the children were in a special rehabilitation section inside the detention centre, which was built as a training college. "We are willing to revise the sanctions and we have ratified that with a view to an agreement. "They're separate and we're pursuing both of them. If they don't sit at the negotiating table again, the offer is not indefinite," Guaido told Reuters in an interview. The United States has dispatched attack helicopters and carried out airstrikes on the prison to help the Kurdish-led SDF reassert control. "There is another side to the coin: the possibility of tightening sanctions, diplomatic actions, if a political solution to the conflict is not coming. Infections will continue.

" He added, without elaborating, that hardened sanctions would be"individual sanctions initially". US officials defended the attacks. In recent years, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual nationals and foreigners, mostly on espionage and security-related charges. He said a restart in the negotiations remains possible. Neither the Venezuelan government nor the US State Department responded immediately to requests for comment. The SDF are a US partner in the autonomous Rojava region of north-eastern Syria. The United States recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader in 2019, amid accusations of fraud during Maduro's 2018 re-election. Message sent Malley was speaking in a joint interview with Barry Rosen, a 77-year-old former US diplomat who has been on hunger strike in Vienna to demand the release of US, British, French, German, Austrian and Swedish prisoners in Iran, and that no nuclear agreement be reached without their release. Dozens of other countries also initially recognized Guaido, but since the 2021 legislative election a number of countries and the European Union have backed him only as a leading opposition figure. It said the prisoners had used the prison guards' own guns to kill some of them after the siege began." As at Saturday, an average of more than 705,700 new cases were being identified every day, an increase of 8 per cent over the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database.

Washington's recognition allowed the opposition to assume control of Venezuelan foreign assets like Citgo, a subsidiary of state oil company PDVSA. US authorities have protected those foreign assets from creditors seeking debt re-payments. To try to quell the uprising, a US military official said, Apache helicopter gunships launched airstrikes and conducted low-altitude flights in a show of force. Rosen said that after five days of not eating he was feeling weak and would heed those calls. "For all the creditors, including China, the best alternative is the recovery of democracy in Venezuela, the reactivation of the oil sector, judicial security," Guaido said. Though the Venezuelan government's debt - estimated by analysts to be some $150 billion - outweighs its liquid assets at present, the intention is to pay it down as the country's credit capacity improves, Guaido said. SDF commander Mazlum Kobani, said ISIS had mobilised sleeper cells and used suicide bombers to organise the breakout. He criticized investors and businesses who have called for changes to sanctions so that debt payments and imports can resume, saying the effort is misguided. Nurses and caretakers treat a Covid-19 patient at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital in California on Jan 11, 2022.

The opposition is looking to repair internal disagreements ahead of a presidential election scheduled for 2024, though Maduro could move the date forward as he did in 2018. An earlier contest would suit the opposition, Guaido said, as the ruling party had lost support, tallying just 4 million votes for its candidates in regional elections last year compared to eight million supporters in 2012's presidential vote. Though opposition parties were broadly defeated in the regional votes in November, they did notch a victory for the governorship of Barinas, traditionally a ruling party stronghold, in a re-run this month. Guaido said he understands opposition supporters may feel apathetic after years of anti-government protests, though he has urged people to join a Feb 12 march. "The longing Venezuelans have is to get out of the dictatorship and we haven't delivered," he said. Dr Fauci also said that children wearing masks at school helped limit spread of Covid-19, as the Biden administration has urged schools to stay open for in-person instruction.

"That's a reality and obviously will create frustration." Source: Reuters .