President Maduro: Venezuela Continues to Talk with US
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has set an agenda for future talks with the United States in a televised address on Monday.
On Saturday, Maduro met for the first time in years with US officials, and Maduro said more would follow, though he did not provide dates.
According to anonymous sources who spoke to Reuters news agency, the Americans have been trying to strike a deal with Maduro that would lead to the relaxation of sanctions against Venezuela in order to break the country from its alliance with Russia. Last week, Maduro wrote on Twitter that he is keeping economic relations with Russia completely intact.
Maduro described the meeting on Saturday as “respectful, cordial and very diplomatic”. White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the meeting had a number of objectives, including “energy security.” According to the anonymous sources who spoke to Reuters, little progress has been made.
Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world but produces little because of Western sanctions against the country.