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Venezuela government to skip Barbados talks to protest U.S. sanctions

Reuters | Caracas | Updated: 08-08-2019 06:53 IST | Created: 08-08-2019 06:49 IST
Venezuela government to skip Barbados talks to protest U.S. sanctions
Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (File photo) Image Credit: ANI

Venezuela's government will skip a round of Norway-brokered talks on Thursday and Friday to protest a new set of U.S. sanctions meant to force President Nicolas Maduro from power, the Venezuelan information ministry said on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday imposed a freeze on Venezuelan government assets in the United States and blocked U.S. citizens from conducting business with Maduro's government, increasing pressure on him to quit.

Maduro's government said its delegation was withdrawing from the round of talks in Barbados aimed at resolving Venezuela's political crisis with allies of opposition leader Juan Guaido. The two sides began meeting there in July to seek a resolution to the political stalemate.

"Venezuelans have noted how the leader of the opposition delegation, Juan Guaido, has celebrated and promoted these actions that are harmful to national sovereignty," the information ministry said in a statement. "Venezuela is willing to review the mechanisms of this process such that its continuation is effective and in tune with the interests of the people."

Guaido, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries including the United States as Venezuela's legitimate leader, at a rally on Wednesday said the sanctions are "penalties for those who steal and profit from misery." In January, Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival interim presidency on the grounds that Maduro's 2018 re-election was fraudulent.

He said on Wednesday that Maduro could help the country by abandoning the presidential palace, Miraflores, "that way the sanctions will be lifted tomorrow."


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