The US suspends oil sanctions against Venezuela
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The United States has decided to suspend certain oil sanctions against Venezuela in response to an agreement reached earlier this week between the government of President Maduro and opposition parties. Under this accord, the parties have committed to organizing elections in the latter half of the next year, with the crucial oversight of international observers to ensure their fairness.
Sanctions imposed by the U.S. were initiated during the presidency of Donald Trump in 2019. With this suspension, Venezuela gains greater autonomy in determining the volume of oil it exports and to whom it sells. This agreement is set to last for six months.
Secretary of State Blinken has further emphasized that the U.S. expects the Venezuelan government to provide an opportunity for opposition candidates to participate in the upcoming elections, as many of them have been previously excluded. The United States is also insisting on the release of political prisoners and the repatriation of several Americans currently detained in Venezuela.
In a collective statement, the United States, the European Union, Canada, and the United Kingdom have underscored the importance of this agreement with the opposition as a critical step toward the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.
The economic situation in this South American nation has been dire for years, driving millions of its residents to seek refuge elsewhere, with many choosing to relocate to the United States.