Nicolás Maduro says opposition and government ‘agree that sanctions should be lifted’ against Venezuela

(CNN Spanish) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Tuesday that there was consensus at the dialogue table in Brussels between the United Platform and his government to lift sanctions against the South American country.

Speaking to Telesur from Caracas, Maduro said that “at the dialogue table there was consensus on the need to lift the sanctions against Venezuela. Well, let the consensus be satisfied,” the president said.

In a meeting held this Monday as part of the third summit of leaders of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the presidents of Argentina, France, Brazil, Colombia and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has asked for political negotiations leading to the organization of “fair, transparent and inclusive elections” with international support. If this requirement were met, the “sanctions of any kind, with a view to their complete lifting” would be lifted.

CNN contacted the United Platform to comment on what Maduro said and is still awaiting a response. This Tuesday, that opposition bloc reported that during a meeting between the head of Venezuela’s negotiating delegation, Gerardo Blyde, and the country’s vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, the Platform called for “respect for the primary elections” and the “release of all political prisoners and the cessation of political persecution”.

Osmary Hernández contributed to this report

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