The United States lifts some of its economic sanctions against Venezuela

The United States lifts some of its economic sanctions against Venezuela

USA will lift some of its economic sanctions against Venezuelaamong them the prohibition of the American oil company Chevron from negotiating with the state-owned PDVSA, to try to reactivate the dialogue between the opposition and the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

This was announced by a high-level official of the US Administration during a call with journalists in which he explained that the Government of Joe Biden makes this decision “in response to the conversations that are taking place between the regime and the interim government (of Juan Guaido)”.

“All this responds to a request from the interim government,” the American emphasized, “and is the result of an agreement by both parties to return to talks, which should be announced very soon.”

The conversations that the Venezuelan opposition -grouped under the name of Unitarian Platform- and the President’s Government, Nicholas Maduro were having in Mexico City were suspended last October after the extradition to Venezuela of Maduro’s alleged figurehead, Alex Saab.

Regarding the lifting of the ban on negotiating between Chevron and PDVSA, the official clarified that the decision allows both oil companies to “talk”, but in no case exploit or trade with Venezuelan crude, so it will not mean “any increase in income of the regime”.

The source also pointed out that the announcement is completely unrelated to the controversy over the announcement by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that he will not attend the Summit of the Americas if USA. it does not invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to participate.

On Monday, the Biden administration announced another change in position regarding one of these three countries by allowing the return of all commercial flights between the country and Cuba, many of which had been suspended during the Donald Trump administration (2017- 2021).

The Summit of the Americas will be held in Los Angeles (California) from June 6 to 10, the first time it is organized by USA since the 1994 edition.

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