Nicolas Maduro agrees to hold talks with Venezuela opposition

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The Dominican Republic offers its good services, the country invited both opposition and Nicolas Maduro government 's representative to explore the possibility of resuming talks that should be critically important on resolving the country's political crisis.

"Zapatero and President Medina know very well that I have been a promoter of this dialogue and I accept this new day of dialogue", Maduro said.

The opposition announced in turn that it would hold an exploratory meeting with the Dominican president.

Nicolás Maduro said he welcomed the new round of dialogue after he received an official invitation from the former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Dominican foreign minister Miguel Vargas to resume the talks.

Venezuela's opposition has made clear that Maduro's government must first adhere to preconditions before it would join talks.

A month of talks late past year between Maduro's government and the opposition collapsed in mutual recrimination.

"The time for symbolic gestures is over", said the alliance said in a statement.

"To begin serious negotiations, we demand immediate concrete actions that show true willingness to solve problems rather than to buy time".

Oil-rich Venezuela is facing a growing economic crisis that has caused shortages of food and medicine as it faces the prospect of default to its Russian and Chinese creditors.

Clashes with security forces at anti-government protests have left 125 people dead since April.

In August, a newly-formed constituent assembly seized power from the legislature, heightening tensions between the government and the opposition movement.

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