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The US will ease sanctions to encourage the resumption of negotiations between the opposition and Chavismo

The United States will ease some economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture intended to encourage a resumption of negotiations between the Washington-backed opposition and the regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro.

The limited changes will allow Chevron Corp to negotiate its license with state oil company PDVSA but not to drill or export oil of Venezuelan origin, two senior US government officials told the AP on Monday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made.

In addition, Carlos Erik Malpica Flores — a former senior PDVSA official and nephew of Venezuela’s first lady, Cilia Flores — will be removed from a list of sanctioned people, they said.

The moves follow goodwill gestures from Maduro after meeting in March with representatives of President Joe Biden’s administration and a recent meeting in Central America between U.S. officials and the prominent opposition coalition United Platform to discuss a way forward.

“These are things that the Unitarian Platform negotiated and came to ask us to do so in order to return to the negotiating table,” said one of the officials.

Dozens of Venezuelans, including the country’s attorney general and the head of the prison system, and more than 140 entities, including the Central Bank of Venezuela, will continue to be sanctioned. The US Treasury Department will continue to prohibit transactions with the Venezuelan regime and PDVSA within US financial markets.

Maduro himself is under indictment in the United States, accused of conspiring to “flood the United States with cocaine” and use drug trafficking as a “weapon against the United States.”

Venezuela’s regime suspended talks with the opposition in October following the extradition to the United States of a key Maduro ally on money laundering charges. Maduro at that time conditioned his return to the negotiating table to the release of businessman Alex Saab, who was extradited from the African nation of Cape Verde.

The negotiations were held in Mexico City led by Norwegian diplomats. US officials said they expect the talks to resume within weeks.

California-based Chevron is the last major US oil company to do business in Venezuela, where it first invested in the 1920s. Its four affiliates with PDVSA produced about 200,000 barrels a day in 2019, but in 2020 the The United States government ordered it to reduce production and since then it has only been allowed to carry out essential work on oil wells to preserve its assets and employment levels in Venezuela.

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