Secret talks between USA and Venezuela confirmed

epa07783149 A handout photo made available by Miraflores Press shows the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro (C), accompanied by the first lady Cilia Flores (R), while participating in an act of government, in La Guaira, Venezuela, 20 August 2019. According to media reports, Maduro confirmed that there is contact between members of his government with 'senior officials' in the US government. EPA-EFE/MIRAFLORES PRESS / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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The US and Venezuelan leaders have confirmed for the first time that their governments are talking behind the scenes. No mention of the opposition was made.

US President Donald Trump and Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday confirmed backroom talks between their governments.

“We’ve had secret meetings in secret places with secret people that nobody knows,” Maduro said in a nationally broadcast television address.

“Just as I have sought dialogue in Venezuela, I have sought a way in which President Donald Trump really listens to Venezuela,” he said.

Hours earlier, Trump told reporters at the White House that “we are talking at a very high level” and that “representatives at different levels of Venezuela” were involved.

Neither Trump nor Maduro mentioned opposition leader Juan Guaido, who more than 50 countries including the United States recognize as Venezuela’s interim president.

 

Via The Guardian/ CBS/NBC

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