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Venezuela Open to New Talks Amid Move to Improve U.S. Relations

  • Maduro seeks meetings with wider opposition, U.S. ambassador
  • Russia to continue as a companion of Maduro’s government
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro

Photographer: Manaure Quintero/Bloomberg

Venezuela’s government is prepared to restart talks with opposition politicians as President Nicolas Maduro tries to capitalize on an opening with the U.S. to improve relations.

Francisco Torrealba, a member of Maduro’s negotiating team, said the government is willing to resume talks in Mexico with a “wider” group that includes other members of the opposition and U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela James Story. Russia will continue to help represent the Maduro government when the talks resume, Torrealba said.