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Biden Admin Officials Travel to Venezuela for Talks About ‘Bilateral’ Agenda

Nueva delegación enviada por Biden llega a Caracas para negociar con la dictadura de Maduro

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The Venezuelan dictator, Nicolás Maduro, announced this Monday that a delegation from the Government of the United States has arrived in the country to continue with the negotiations that began last March 5 and to give continuity to the bilateral agenda.

“(National Assembly President) Jorge Rodríguez is receiving a delegation from the United States government at this time, an important delegation from the United States government, that arrived in Venezuela two hours ago,” expressed the President in a televised speech.

He also indicated that this delegation arrived in the country to give “continuity to the communications that began on March 5 and to give continuity to the bilateral agenda between the government of the United States and the government of Venezuela.”

The negotiations began on the weekend of March 5, when rumors surfaced, which the White House confirmed two days later, and informed that a high-level delegation sent by President Joe Biden had met with Maduro at the Miraflores palace.

This was stated at a press conference by Jen Psaki, then-White House spokeswoman, when asked about these direct talks between Washington and Caracas, the highest-level ones between both parties in the Venezuelan capital in years.

On the same day that Washington reported the visit to Caracas, Maduro confirmed his meeting “with a high-level U.S. delegation,” to whom he conveyed his willingness to “advance in an agenda that allows well-being and peace,” after years of confrontation between the two countries.

A few days before the four-month anniversary of that first meeting, the U.S. delegation returned to the Caribbean country and met with the president of the National Assembly (NA, Parliament), Jorge Rodriguez, who led the negotiations with the opposition in Mexico from August 2021 until October, when the government decided to interrupt them unilaterally.

In addition to the Venezuelan regime, the Biden administration has also had approaches with the Iranian regime in recent days to return to the nuclear deal.

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