Maduro government and opposition sign partial agreement in Mexico City – Liberation

The agreement reached this Saturday concerns “social protection” and could lead to a further reduction in American sanctions against the autocratic regime of Nicolás Maduro.

A small glimmer of hope for Venezuela, stuck for more than seven years in a serious economic, social and democratic crisis. The Maduro government, considered illegitimate by the international community (including the EU and the United States) and the opposition signed on Saturday in Mexico City “a second partial agreement on social protection” at the end of negotiations closely followed by the United States, France, Spain, Norway, Mexico and Colombia, against a backdrop of an international energy crisis due to the war in Ukraine.

“The Triumph of Politics”

Representatives of President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition signed this agreement under negotiations that represent “a hope for all of Latin America” et “the triumph of politics”, greeted Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

The agreement could allow a new reduction of American sanctions against the Caracas regime, according to analysts, in particular concerning its oil exports.

Suspended for 15 months, the negotiations resumed after the intervention of Colombia and the United States. An opening announced by Colombian left-wing president Gustavo Petro, who returned to the Maduro regime after coming to power this year.

The West satisfied

The US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Brian Nichols, hoped that the power and the opposition would agree to remedy the “humanitarian challenges” and guarantee “free and fair elections”. The United States applauded “an important step in the right direction”, according to a senior US official who requested anonymity.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been involved in the resumption of talks, welcomed a “excellent news”, providing support for obtaining “concrete results”. Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares has also proposed that Madrid play a role “if the Venezuelans want it”.

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