Venezuelan opposition urges government to resume suspended talks

MEXICO CITY, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The chair of the Venezuelan opposition negotiating team on Sunday urged the government to resume talks as soon as possible, after President Nicolas Maduro’s administration suspended talks this weekend.

Maduro’s government suspended the conversations after its envoy Alex Saab was extradited to the United States from Cape Verde on Saturday on money laundering charges.

“We urge our counterpart to restart as soon as possible the session in Mexico to produce the necessary agreements,” said Gerardo Blyde, speaking from Mexico City.

The two sides are seeking a solution to Venezuela’s extended social and economic crisis, which has plunged a majority of its population into poverty and sent millions abroad looking for opportunities.

Socialist party legislator Jorge Rodriguez, who heads the government’s negotiating team, said late on Saturday the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks, which were set to resume on Sunday.

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Source: Reuters