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Washington, the EU and Canada offer the Chavista regime to lift sanctions


Washington Correspondent

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The United States, Canada, and the European Union have offered to review the sanctions imposed on the Chavista regime in Venezuela if it agrees to negotiate for “free elections,” according to a joint statement issued yesterday. This is the clearest signal from the Biden Administration that it is willing to lift, partially or totally, the sanctions applied against Chavismo during the government of Donald Trump, but it does so with the concurrence of its partners in Brussels and Canada. hinting that he will seek consensus with his allies in politics towards Venezuela.

The letter is signed by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell; the American Secretary of State, Antony Blink, and the Foreign Minister of Canada, Marc Garneau, who affirm that it is Venezuelans who must jointly seek a way out of the current crisis, including the regime.

“We applaud the recent substantial and credible progress to repair Venezuela’s democratic processes and core institutions and we are ready to review the sanctions regime on the basis of significant progress in a global negotiation,” they said. The signatories also ask for the release of “all those who have been unjustly detained for political reasons, respect for independent political parties, freedom of expression including that of journalists, and the end of human rights abuses.

Support for Guaidó

Just a few hours before, the Government of Joe Biden, from the United States, had expressed its endorsement of Juan Guaidó and his interim government “to support the return to democracy in Venezuela,” according to the Undersecretary of State for Ibero-America, Julie Chung, after a visit to Washington by a Venezuelan delegation leadered by Julio Borges, Presidential Commissioner for Foreign Relations of Venezuela, elected by Guaidó. The US State Department undersecretary, Wendy Sherman, and Borges held a meeting on Thursday in which the former highlighted “the urgent need to establish comprehensive negotiations” with the Maduro regime. “We will continue to work together in search of a negotiated solution that will lead to free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections in Venezuela,” Chung said. On November 21 there will be regional and local elections in the Caribbean country.

After his visit to Washington, Julio Borges affirmed in a message spread through social networks that he thanks Joe Biden for his commitment to «ratify your support for democracy in Venezuela».

Unlike Donald Trump, Biden has opened up to negotiation with the Maduro regime in order to end, in the first place, the serious Venezuelan humanitarian crisis.

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