After more than a year of deadlock, a delegation from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government arrived in Mexico City on Friday to sign a “social agreement” with its political opponents.
The talks, which will be mediated by Norway, will resume after months of informal meetings and could ease US oil sanctions on Venezuela while increasing oil major Chevron’s activity in the country’s energy sector.
The ruling socialists’ congressional leader Jorge Rodriguez leads the government delegation, while politician Gerardo Blyde leads the opposition group.
In the midst of a massive exodus of Venezuelans fleeing economic misery over the past ten years, the talks are intended to end the bitter impasse between Maduro’s authoritarian regime and the fractured political opposition.
According to the government, both parties will sign an agreement on Saturday that aims to address crucial social needs.