Venezuelan gov't envoys arrive in Barbados for talks with opposition

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Venezuelan gov't envoys arrive in Barbados for talks with opposition

The Venezuelan government and opposition have agreed to meet again for talks to overcome the political crisis in the South American nation.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized as Venezuela's rightful leader by more than 50 governments, has said any talks must lead to a sustained solution to the crisis and can not be used by the Socialist Party to buy time.

"I am very optimistic...and I think that, step by step, with strategic patience, we can find a path to peace", Maduro said in a broadcast on the state television channel VTV, indicating also that the meeting on Monday had lasted five hours.

"We are happy to be able to facilitate those discussions here that are being led and facilitated by the Government of Norway and involve both sides".

"We have six main points on the agenda".

The Barbados talks will be the third round since the Oslo talks in May, although Guaido had originally said last Tuesday there were no plans to re-open talks with Maduro's "murderous dictatorship" following the death of an officer in custody over an alleged coup plot.

The suspicious death of retired naval officer Rafael Acosta Arevalo sparked global condemnation. The talks come amid a profound economic and humanitarian crisis in the country, where hardship has made life untenable for many Venezuelans with basic needs, such as food and medicine, hard to come by.

On Sunday Guaido also announced that he would push for Caracas to rejoin the Inter-American Defense Treaty, which Venezuela left in 2012. But Maduro is still in power in Caracas, the military has stayed loyal to him and the rest of the world still recognizes him as the Venezuelan President despite what Guaido and the US say.

Afterwards, Iglesias met with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez.

Guaido in January invoked the constitution to assume a rival presidency after dismissing Maduro's 2018 re-election as a fraud.

CNBC headlined their story on this news as "Venezuela's internationally-recognized government set to hold fresh talks with Maduro envoys".

Thus, since 2015, nearly four million people have left Venezuela, a lot of them escaping to neighbouring countries which have seen a surge in asylum seekers.

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