Discussions in Mexico on Saturday to touch on humanitarian aid, US authorization for Chevron to operate in Venezuela.
Venezuela’s government and opposition will resume political talks on Saturday, Norway’s foreign ministry confirmed, as negotiations to find a way out of the country’s complex crisis have stalled for more than a year.
Norway, which is facilitating the discussions in Mexico, said Thursday that the parties will sign a “partial agreement on social matters.”
“We announce that the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Unitary Platform of Venezuela have decided to resume the dialogue and negotiation process in Mexico on November 26, facilitated by Norway”, the Norwegian embassy in Mexico tweeted.
The previous talks were suspended in October 2021 by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, upset by the US extradition of a businessman linked to his administration.
Negotiations are expected to focus on a humanitarian aid program for the cash-strapped nation, as well as conditions for presidential elections scheduled for 2024.
Representatives of Maduro and the opposition, including the US-backed faction led by Juan Guaido, are also likely to discuss a US extension for oil giant Chevron to operate in Venezuela amid the spiraling global energy costs.
Chevron is expected to get approval from Washington on Saturday to expand its operations in the South American country.
The approval would allow it to produce and export crude, a source with knowledge of the matter told the Reuters news agency.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador commented on the news of the new talks during his regular press conference on Thursday, saying he is grateful that both sides trust Mexico to carry them out.
“The idea is that we don’t act in a leading role. What we want is for there to be understanding so that we can move forward and achieve peace, tranquility and for there to be agreements between the parties,” he said.