Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hopes to gain favor with the United States under the Biden administration’s leadership, though the president has been warned not to change its policies with the socialist leader.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Gregory Meeks said there is a “window of opportunity” for the Biden administration to engage, according to the Washington Examiner.
The New York Democrat told an event of business leaders organized by the Council of the Americas that Mr. Maduro “may be interested and willing to open negotiation,” according to The Associated Press.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, however, has vowed to keep pressure on the “brutal Maduro regime” as it has “systematically repressed” the rights Venezuelans, according to the AP report.
Activist Juan Guaidó, who the U.S. and many nations recognize as Venezuela’s rightful leader, wrote in a tweet, according to the AP.
“Only an agreement, with due international support, in favor of getting out of this tragedy and having free and fair elections to address the humanitarian emergency and have justice, is a real solution and they will be accompanied by Parliament or the democratic alternative.”
Geoff Ramsey, who heads the Venezuela program at the Washington Office on Latin America, told the Washington Times, “I don’t think the United States has to offer full sanctions relief right now.”
He added the only suggestion is that he might offer “some kind of incentive to keep Maduro at the table.”