Spain proposes that the EU lift sanctions on Venezuela

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel Albares, asked this Monday that the European Union lifts its sanctions on Venezuelajust as the United States has done, given the progress of negotiations between the Government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition.

“I have intervened before my colleagues to raise the need to study the review of the EU sanctions on Venezuela, in line with the recent US decisions and given the positive evolution of the dialogue between Venezuelans,” said Albares in a press conference, at the end of the meeting that the Foreign Ministers held today in Luxembourg.

As Albares explained, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, was in favor of addressing the issue at an upcoming meeting of EU foreign ministers, given that, otherwise, the sanctions They would be automatically renewed on November 14. The next meeting of the ministers is scheduled for November 13.

The United States announced last week a six-month relief from oil sanctions and gas from Venezuela after the Maduro Government and the opposition Unitary Platform signed a guarantee agreement in Barbados for the presidential elections of the second semester of 2024, which includes electoral observation.

The EU sanctions – which it approved for the first time in 2016 – affect, among others, the vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez.

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