President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) during the weekly podcast Conversa com o Presidente – Photo: Reproduction

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) said, this Tuesday (18), that he spoke with representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition about the possibility of “normalizing the situation” in the country. The statement was made during the weekly Conversation with the President podcast.

“We even had a meeting with France, Colombia, Argentina, representative of the Venezuelan opposition negotiator, with the vice president, to discuss a little the possibility of normalizing the situation in Venezuela”, said the PT president.

The meeting took place last Monday (17th) in Brussels, Belgium, during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) with the European Union (EU). On the government side was the Venezuelan Vice President, Delcy Rodriguez and, on the opposition side, Gerardo Blyde.

At the meeting, the opposition and government discussed the possibility of an agreement to hold the 2024 elections and the lifting of sanctions imposed on Venezuela. Lula, in turn, spoke about the importance of the country having an electoral process recognized by all parties. “Only Venezuelans can solve the country’s problem,” he said.

Also at yesterday’s meeting, Delcy Rodriguez classified the economic sanctions against her country as a “criminal blockade”, and asked that the restrictions be lifted. The meeting was attended by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, and the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández.

“We came with great hope of bringing the message from Venezuela, the lifting of the criminal blockade against our country, that is why we bring from the president [o ditador venezuelano] Nicolás Maduro a message of peace, harmony, cooperation, which must be the path that continues and guides our countries,” said Rodriguez.

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