A government official insisted that Juan Quito continue to be recognized as leader.
The United States said on Thursday that it could reconsider its policy of pressure and sanctions against Venezuela if President Nicolas Maduro and opposition parties resumed abrupt talks in October and moved forward with firm conclusions.
“The solution to Venezuela’s situation is not in Washington,” Juan Gonzalez, director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, told the AP in a telephone interview.
“We have made it clear that the United States is ready to ease the pressure of sanctions based on the results of the dialogue table,” he added.
Gonzalez’s statements come three months after the Caracas government decided to interrupt talks with opposition parties in Mexico City in retaliation for the deportation of Colombian businessman Alex Chap, considered by Colombian businessman Washington. As a key witness in corruption cases against Venezuela aired in Miami and other cities in the country.
Saab, who was deported from Cape Verde to the United States, was appointed by Caracas as a diplomat during those talks. The Venezuelan government is believed to have made several corrupt deals with him.
His extradition further destabilized relations between the two countries, and in response, Caracas returned to prison six U.S. oil executives who were under house arrest.
Gonzalez’s statement comes just days after the opposition’s victory as governor of the late former president Hugo Chavez’s home state of Parinas.
Sergio Garrido defeated former foreign minister Jorge Areza there, and senior members of the ruling party took part in his campaign in an attempt to retain control of the Savista fortress.
During the previous US administration, President Donald Trump imposed numerous sanctions and visa restrictions on Venezuelan authorities to pressure Maduro to step down.
Once in power, President Joe Biden’s democratic government sought to build consensus with the international community to pursue those sanctions, while encouraging dialogue but also making it clear that Venezuela’s fate is in its hands. South American country ..
For the United States, the last national assembly election in Venezuela in 2015 was a democratic one.
Like Trump, Biden recognized Congress opposition leader Juan Quito as interim president of Venezuela, declaring himself in January 2019, accusing him of rigging the 2018 election for the post.
“We continue to recognize Quito, but most importantly, we support the Venezuelan people who want democracy,” said Gonzalez, one of Biden’s key advisers on Latin American issues.
“For that, both sides need to sit at the table and reach an agreement, as a result of which ambitious, irreversible and decisive action will take the country in that direction,” he said.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat the US government.
Gonzalez explained that, unlike Trump, who saw sanctions as a strategy to strangle the Maduro government, sanctions were tools used as part of a broader policy coordinated with other international partners, including the European Union and Canada.
“This strategy focuses on democratic issues, not on who agrees or disagrees with us, but empowers Venezuelas, Nicaraguans and Cubans to determine their future,” the official said. The United States has imposed similar sanctions against Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.
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