US throws support behind Venezuela negotiations

The United States on Thursday threw its support behind negotiations in Venezuela, saying talks could establish a transitional government, lead…

The United States on Thursday threw its support behind negotiations in Venezuela, saying talks could establish a transitional government, lead to fresh elections and bring an end to the crisis.

The United States has not opposed past talks in Venezuela but had taken a hard line, saying they should only discuss the exit of leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Nearly a year after declaring Maduro illegitimate and recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated a greater openness to diplomacy to end the long-running standoff.

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