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State Department on Venezuela: U.S. Opposes Measures that ‘Buy Time’ for Maduro

The U.S. State Department told Breitbart News in a statement Tuesday the Trump administration believes any talks between Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and President Juan Guaidó must “include Maduro’s departure as a precondition for elections.”

Guaidó admitted this week that he had agreed to send envoys to Norway to meet with Maduro cronies for “mediation” that he insisted was neither talks or “negotiation.” Norway continues to recognize Maduro as the president of Venezuela despite the expiration of his last term in January, raising concerns about that government’s partiality in the matter.

Many of Venezuela’s opposition leaders reacted to the news with outrage, noting that Maduro has engaged in four other attempts at negotiation with the opposition in the past five years and used them to reinforce their control of the military and kill, imprison, and otherwise repress political dissidents.

The Trump administration has steadfastly supported Guaidó since he was sworn in as president in January. Guaidó’s U.S. ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, recently met with officials at the Pentagon to discuss potential cooperation against Maduro.

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