The Venezuelan government and the country’s opposition have begun a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic, where the lead government representative has announced an agreement is close.
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Jorge Rodriguez, mayor of Caracas’ Libertador municipality, said, "we are close to reaching an agreement with the opposition on decisive points, we are in a prime moment of dialogue."
Julio Borges, president of the National Assembly, is representing the opposition.
National Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez said she expects the talks to promote “peaceful coexistence,” adding that she traveled to Santo Domingo to find a solution to the situation in her country.
“We have come here with a flag of peace,” she said.
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero and Dominican President Danilo Medina invited both sides to restart dialogue in the Caribbean nation, while United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has also welcomed the move.
“(We) encourage the Venezuelan political actors to seize this opportunity,” his office said in a statement.
The statement went on to say that Guterres is convinced that “the situation in Venezuela requires a political solution based on dialogue and compromise between the government and the opposition to ensure coexistence among all Venezuelans.”