Venezuela says it would make sense for the United States to restore diplomatic ties with the elected government in Caracas as Washington has failed to install an opposition figure as Venezuela’s leader.
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez told reporters in Caracas on Wednesday that it would be reasonable for the US “to restore diplomatic contacts and dialog with the government” of President Nicolas Maduro.
Washington is left with “a single path,” having failed to remove Maduro from power, and that is “negotiation and diplomatic communication,” Rodriguez said.
In January, obscure opposition figure Juan Guaido unilaterally declared himself the “interim president” of Venezuela, winning the recognition of Washington.
Later, he attempted an abortive coup against Maduro’s government, again with support from the United States.
However, even the opposition groups that had sided with Guaido have been breaking ranks with him, joining talks that the government has opened to resolve differences peacefully.
On Monday, the representatives of several opposition parties concluded an agreement with Maduro’s top aides, including Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, an increasingly isolated Guaido has ruled out continuing talks with the government that Norway has been brokering.
Venezuela broke off relations with the US after Washington recognized Guaido as “interim president” on January 23.
The US has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Venezuela, confiscated its state oil assets based in the US, channeled revenue from them to Guaido, and has hinted at the use of force to remove Maduro.