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US officials make ‘welfare' stop in Venezuela

Added 06-29-22 02:37:03am EST - “Senior US officials visited Venezuela for talks aimed at securing the release of detained American citizens” - Rt.com

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Senior US officials have visited Venezuela to ensure the wellbeing of several American citizens in custody, as well as mending ties with the government in Caracas. The trip comes as Washington maintains a raft of harsh sanctions on the Venezuelan economy. 

A delegation led by US Ambassador to Venezuela James Story and Roger Carstens, the presidential envoy for hostage affairs, traveled to Caracas on Monday “for discussions about the welfare and safety of US nationals in Venezuela,” State Department officials confirmed to CBS and the Associated Press.

While the officials did not specify whether the talks centered on any specific individuals, several US citizens are currently detained in the country, including a group of oil company executives jailed more than four years ago. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed the trip during a national address, saying the US officials met with Jorge Rodriguez, the president of National Assembly, to “give continuity to the bilateral agenda between the government of the United States and the government of Venezuela.”

The visit follows a previous trip in March – the first official White House delegation sent in more than 20 years – which resulted in the release of two Americans. At the time, Maduro also agreed to resume talks with his political opposition, led by Juan Guaido, who is recognized by Washington as Venezuela’s ‘interim president’.

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