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Petro met with a delegation from the Biden government, amid the risk that Maduro will not respect “free” elections in Venezuela

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Petro met with a delegation from the Biden government, amid the risk that Maduro will not respect “free” elections in Venezuela

On Monday, February 5, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, met with a delegation from the United States Government of Joe Biden at the Casa de Nariño. The meeting comes in the midst of a threat from Nicolás Maduro to not respect agreements allowing free and democratic elections in Venezuela.

The meeting was attended by Jonathan Finer, Deputy National Security Advisor of the United States, and Juan González, White House advisor for the Western Hemisphere. On behalf of the national government, the director of the Department of the Presidency of the Republic, Carlos Ramón González, accompanied President Petro.

Biden’s delegation sought the assistance of President Petro due to his good relationship with Nicolás Maduro, in order to ensure free and democratic elections in Venezuela.

Nicolás Maduro made controversial statements on Sunday, February 4, during a celebration at the Miraflores palace, where he indicated that he will win the 2024 presidential election “by hook or by crook.” His comments have raised immediate reactions in Colombia. Katherine Miranda, a representative to the Chamber for the Green Alliance party, urged President Gustavo Petro to speak out against Maduro’s statements.

Maduro’s comments come in the wake of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) ratifying the political disqualification of opposition leader María Corina Machado. The disqualification would impede her from participating in the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela. Machado maintains that she was not notified of the administrative action and is denying the accusations against her.

In response to these events, the United States has warned the Maduro government that if the conditions for democratic elections are not met, economic sanctions against Venezuela will be reinstated.

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The situation in Venezuela continues to be a point of concern for the international community, with implications for democracy and human rights in the region. The outcome of the meeting between President Petro and the U.S. delegation reflects the ongoing efforts to address these complex and troubling developments in Venezuela.

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