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Venezuela calls on US to reopen diplomatic ties


first_imgVenezuela’s socialist government on Wednesday called on the United States to restore diplomatic ties with Caracas after it opened talks with fringe opposition parties.Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Education Minister Aristobulo Isturiz, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Opposition member Javier Bertucci pose after signing a dialogue agreement between the government and the Opposition in Caracas on September 18, 2019Venezuela broke off relations with the United States after Washington recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on January 23.Vice President Delcy Rodriguez told reporters in Caracas that it made sense for the US “to restore diplomatic contacts and dialogue with the government.”Rodriguez said Washington was left with only “a single path” having failed to remove Maduro from power, and that was “negotiation and diplomatic communication”.President Donald Trump’s administration had targeted Venezuela’s oil industry and Maduro’s inner circle with a raft of economic sanctions.The US blames Maduro for the economic collapse of Venezuela, from which millions have fled due to basic shortages, and considers him illegitimate after widespread reports of irregularities in last year’s election.Both Maduro and Trump said last month that talks had been taking place involving senior officials from both sides. Rodriguez also welcomed Monday’s agreement between the government and minority opposition parties — outside of Guaido’s coalition— to open negotiations on political changes aimed at resolving Venezuela’s crisis.Former presidential candidate Javier Bertucci joined the pact on Wednesday.The agreement involves the return of socialist lawmakers to the opposition-dominated National Assembly and the release of political prisoners.Guaido’s deputy as National Assembly leader, Edgar Zambrano, was the first to be released late Tuesday. Zambrano said 58 other opposition figures would be released from Wednesday.The Assembly’s deputy vice-president Stalin Gonzalez said Wednesday that the agreement would allow Maduro “to cling to power”.The Government deal with fringe opposition parties is clearly aimed at trying to sideline Guaido, by flooding his power base with pro-Maduro members.In a defiant move on Tuesday, the National Assembly confirmed Guaido as its leader. (AFP)last_img read more


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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Where does the truth lie?“I still think I know what I think about Kevin Kolb, and I still think it’s worth it to go get him,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Dave Burns said on Sports Interactive. “If you need a quarterback and you’re the Arizona Cardinals he can be a difference maker.”Pointing to Kolb’s resume, which includes all of seven career starts, Burns said it is too early to give up on the guy.Sports 620 KTAR’s Paul Calvisi, though, noted that nobody really knows much about Kolb at this point.“And that’s the point, it’s going to be a risk,” he said. “He could be the next Matt Schaub or he could be another iteration of A.J. Feely, you don’t know.”Indeed, nobody knows what Kolb ultimately will become. There are plenty of people who think they know, but until the quarterback sinks or swims on the field any discussion will include purely speculation.And, as we’re seeing now, that speculation’s tone varies pretty much by the day. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation First he’s the next great quarterback, needing only an opportunity to show his stuff. Then, suddenly, he’s overrated, a mediocre-at-best signal caller who crumbles under pressure and can’t complete a deep ball.Trying to determine Kevin Kolb’s value during the lockout has been like Derek Anderson trying to be an NFL quarterback: an exercise in futility.While Eagles coach Andy Reid has been heaping praise on his 26-year-old backup, others around the NFL are saying the QB is not worth the first round pick he’s likely going to command. center_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   last_img read more