The United States has urged Nicolas Maduro to focus on open dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition.


Joe Biden's government maintains the "hope" that the dialogue currently taking place in Mexico will lead to "lasting agreements that allow the recovery of Venezuelan democratic institutions."

On Tuesday, the State Department avoided responding to Nicolás Maduro's offer of direct talks with Washington by ensuring that where the Venezuelan president has to "get involved" is in "sincere discussions with his political opponents" to restore democracy and achieve a "negotiated solution" to the crisis in Venezuela.

The US government was thus replying to Maduro, who on Monday was willing to talk with Washington whenever, he said, he gave in "his arrogance, his hatred, and his contempt," a negotiation that would include a possible return of the diplomats.

"Nicolás Maduro and those who support him have partners in the negotiation. The democratic forces of the Unitary Platform, led by interim president Juan Guaidó," a State Department spokesman asked about Caracas' offer told the EFE agency.This is where (Maduro) has to engage in sincere dialogue with his political opponents, negotiations that we and many others sincerely hope will lead to the restoration of democratic rule and a comprehensive negotiated solution to the Venezuelan crisis. 

Likewise, the official expressed the "hope" on the part of President Joe Biden's government that the process currently being carried out in Mexico will lead to "lasting agreements that allow the recovery of Venezuelan democratic institutions and face the deep humanitarian crisis in the country." 

Relations between the United States and Venezuela, marked by tension since the arrival of Chavismo to power in 1999, reached one of their most difficult moments with the order to close their respective embassies in 2019 under the presidency of Donald Trump.

Since then, both countries lack diplomatic relations, and Caracas has accused Washington of supporting a coup in Venezuela.

During his administration, Trump imposed numerous rounds of economic sanctions against the Nicolás Maduro regime, which he considered "illegitimate,"; and Biden, who arrived at the White House in January, has maintained the economic punishment Caracas.

In mid-May, Juan González, Latin America advisor to President Biden, remarked at a conference in Miami that the current United States government does not see a "magic or simple" solution to the crisis in Venezuela and defended a multilateral approach that broadens the consensus in favor of a process that leads to free and fair elections in that country.

The United States has been one of the most loyal Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized in 2019 as interim president of Venezuela by more than fifty countries. However, others such as Russia and China maintain their recognition of Maduro.