Reference News Network reported on February 17 Venezuelan President Maduro has admitted that one of his top officials has met twice with a famous American diplomat.
According to AFP's report on February 15, Foreign Minister Jorge Areiasa, who is critically criticized against the United States, recently traveled to New York to meet with the United States' Special Envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abram. Sis.
In a video published on February 14, Maduro told the Associated Press that the first meeting lasted two hours and the second was three hours.
The report quoted Maduro adding: I invite Abrams to Venezuela – whether in private, public or secret. As long as he said where, when and how he met, I will go there to meet him.
The report said that Washington is behind one of the forces behind the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido trying to oust Maduro.
Mauro has repeatedly accused Washington of pursuing a military invasion of Venezuela to capture the country's huge oil resources.
US Secretary of State Pompeo described the significance of the Maduro meeting proposal in an understatement. Pompeo, who is visiting Iceland, said: Maduro's public statement that he hopes to talk to the United States is nothing new, but I think it proves that he is increasingly aware that the Venezuelan people are rejecting him and his rule of governance. .
According to the British Times website reported on February 15, Venezuelan President Maduro claimed that the country had held secret talks with the Trump administration.
He said that the request for the talks was proposed by the United States, and the first meeting was held between January 26th in the United States Special Envoy for Venezuela Abrams and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Areiasa. The meeting was described as hostile, and Abrams threatened to send troops.
The report believes that the second round of talks is said to have taken place on February 11, the four days after Abrams claimed that the time to talk to Maduro had long since passed. The atmosphere of the talks was described as less tense, although it was reported that Abrams insisted that even if the Venezuelan military supported Maduro, the harsh sanctions imposed by the United States would oust him.
America's aid has been banned from entering Venezuela. Maduro has said that the attempt to deliver aid is an excuse for invasion.
At the same time, the Netherlands said it will set up a hub for transshipment aid to Venezuela on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, near Venezuela. Two other aid hubs are under way – one in Cukuta on the border between Colombia and Venezuela and the other in northern Brazil. Aid supplies include medicines and food. Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, 35-year-old Guaido, has said that if aid cannot enter the country, about 300,000 people will die.
The US Wall Street Journal reported on February 15 that the United States imposed sanctions on the leaders of the Venezuelan state-owned oil giant and five top intelligence and security officials, and the Trump administration said it plans to ship at least 200 to the Colombian border city. Thousands of humanitarian aid supplies have intensified efforts to increase pressure on President Maduro.
The United States has taken these actions in the context of growing tensions between the Maduro government and the opposition around humanitarian aid and the control of state assets.
The report quoted a US official as saying that three C-17 military transport planes are scheduled to land on February 16th in the Colombian city of Cukuta near the Venezuelan border, and they will ship the first airlift aid. The official said that Senator Marco Rubio is expected to arrive in Cucuta on February 17.
The U.S. Treasury Department listed Manuel Kwedo, president of Venezuela's state-run oil company, as a target for sanctions. This is the Trump administration's attempt to transfer control of the country's largest income-generating enterprise from the Maduro government to the parliamentary chair. The latest move in the hands of Guade.
Kvedo is also the Minister of Petroleum of Venezuela.