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Argentinian president calls on Latin American countries to support dialogue in Venezuela

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez on Thursday called on Latin American countries to support dialogue between Venezuelan authorities and the opposition.

“We call on countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to support dialogue,” Fernandez tweeted, adding that “the resumption of dialogue is renewed hope that Venezuelans can find a way out of the crisis.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that Caracas was ready to relaunch dialogue with the opposition with the mediation of Norway and Mexico.

“I extend my hand for dialogue, as always, to all the Venezuelan opposition. My thanks to Norway and the Mexican government for their willingness to establish peace and dialogue. This is the way, the democratic way” , said the president on Twitter.

The Norwegian Embassy in Mexico said earlier in the day that Mexico City would host a new round of talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition on Saturday after a year-long hiatus. The negotiations will lead to the signing of “a partial agreement on social issues”, according to the embassy’s Twitter.

The President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Jorge Rodriguez, said on Thursday that the agreement between Venezuelan authorities and the opposition announced ahead of a new round of talks includes the return of assets frozen abroad to the Venezuelan government. He added that the draft agreement had already been reviewed by the Venezuelan government with the mediation of Norway.

The government and the opposition United Platform broke off talks in October last year after the African nation of Cabo Verde extradited Maduro negotiator Alex Saab to the United States.

Before the break, the negotiators had signed a memorandum of understanding which included the timetable for the elections. The opposition is seeking a new vote in 2024 after the 2018 election gave President Maduro a second term, sparking accusations of fraud from the United States and its allies.

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