The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Jose Manuel Albares, asked this Monday that the European Union lift its sanctions on Venezuela, as did the United States (USA), due to the progress of negotiations between the government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition.
“I intervened with my colleagues to raise the need to study the review of the EU sanctions on Venezuela, in line with the recent decisions of the US and given the positive evolution of the dialogue between the Venezuelans,” Albares said in a press conference. at the end of the meeting held by foreign ministers today in Luxembourg.
According to Albares, the head of European diplomacy, Joseph Borrelli, is in favor of resolving the issue at the upcoming meeting of EU foreign ministers because, otherwise, the sanctions will be automatically renewed on November 14.
The next meeting of the ministers is scheduled for November 13.
The US announced last week a six-month easing of sanctions on Venezuelan oil and gas after the Maduro government and the opposition Unitary Platform signed a guarantee agreement in Barbados for presidential elections in the second half of 2024, which includes election observation.
EU sanctions, which were approved for the first time in 2016, affected, among others, the vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez.
The restrictive measures consist of a ban on people being allowed to enter the territory of the community and the freezing of assets that are in the EU.