Today, the United States government announced its decision to ease some sanctions imposed on the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. Previously, the United States supported the Venezuelan opposition – however, in order to help overcome the crisis, Washington will commute this sentence against the Venezuelan government.
“The United States is taking a series of measures at the request of the interim government of Venezuela and the Unidad program of opposition parties negotiating with the Venezuelan regime, to support its decision to return to the negotiating table in Mexico City,” the statement said. American authority journalists.
This facilitation can help the conversation between both sides of Venezuelan politics, as it offers the possibility of trade and possibly unfreezing the resources of the Venezuelan government in the United States – affected by sanctions.
Sanctions, which began to be implemented in 2019 by the then president Donald TrumpAll transactions between Venezuela and US citizens and companies are prohibited. The reason for this sentence is the ongoing crisis in Venezuela – however, the US measure was implemented after Maduro’s re-election, in an election fought by the international community.
Democratic lawmakers had already called for the sentence to be suspended.
Earlier this week, last Saturday, the 14th, a group of members of the US Congress, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Pramila Jayapal and Rashida Tlaib, Sent a letter to President BidenDemanding the lifting of sanctions. All 18 lawmakers who signed the letter are part of the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
According to the text, “it is clear that broad sanctions have not achieved their objectives” and the US government should continue its diplomatic talks with Nicolas Maduro. It cannot be confirmed whether this letter is related to the sanctions relief.
*With information from Agence France-Presse
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