Venezuelan govt calls for end to US sanctions during talks with oppn
Maduro proposed "the immediate lifting of all commercial, financial, oil, and economic sanctions against Venezuela and the immediate return of all bank accounts, assets, and Venezuelan gold"
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that the government delegation participating in talks with the opposition in Mexico had brought forward a document calling for the end of all US sanctions against the country.
Maduro said in an interview with Venezuelan state television on Sunday that the document proposes "the immediate lifting of all commercial, financial, oil, and economic sanctions against Venezuela and the immediate return of all bank accounts, assets, and Venezuelan gold", reports Xinhua news agency.
The President stated that it is "a legally supported document and also, to a large extent, backed by a set of letters signed by private business associations so that all is returned to Venezuela".
He said that the talks, which resumed on September 3, are following an "agenda of issues" agreed to in the first round of negotiations held in August.
The President stated that during the negotiations, they will have "the greatest amount of patience to seek an agreement for peace, recovery, prosperity, and the well-being of Venezuelans".
Maduro also explained that he understands the dialogue that has been opened with the opposition also involves the US government.
"When we sit at that table, we understand that we sit with the US government, because that platform is the politicians dependent on the opinions of the US," he said.
Norway is also participating in the negotiations, and delegations from the governments of Russia and the Netherlands are also present.