US officials visit Venezuela to discuss 'bilateral agenda'
(MENAFN) President Nicolas Maduro announced that a US group came in Venezuela on Monday to discuss a "bilateral agenda" and to "maintain the conversations" that began in March.
Maduro declared on national television VTV that Jorge Rodriguez, the speaker of the National Assembly and the government's negotiator in discussions with the opposition, had received a "important delegation" from the US government, without providing further details.
"As we speak, Jorge Rodriguez is hosting a delegation from the US government who arrived in Venezuela a couple of hours ago, and he's working to maintain the conversations we began in March and the bilateral agenda between the US and Venezuela," Maduro stated. "He is in a meeting with them at this very hour."
Earlier, a news agency quoted a US State Department spokesman as claiming that the diplomats had flown "for discussions about the welfare and safety of US nationals in Venezuela".
Following the outbreak of the Ukraine war in February, Washington dispatched a high-level team to Caracas with the goal of separating Caracas from Moscow by negotiating the lifting of US sanctions on Venezuelan oil.
The White House acknowledged the meeting, but stated that the discussions centered on American "energy security" in the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis.
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