© Reuters. United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian A. Nichols listens to a question during a news conference, in San Salvador, El Salvador October 27, 2023. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File Photo
By Julia Symmes Cobb and Marianna Parraga
BOGOTA/HOUSTON (Reuters) -The U.S. continues to engage with representatives from the government of President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, State Department official Brian A. Nichols said on Tuesday, as the Biden administration considers whether to reinstate energy sanctions on the country.
The U.S. has said the Maduro government failed to meet certain conditions to avoid a reversal of some or all of the October relaxations.
“We are continuing to engage in conversations with Maduro representatives as well as close consultations with the democratic opposition in Venezuela, around finding ways to create the conditions for a more democratic, prosperous and secure Venezuela,” Nichols said during a virtual event hosted by the Atlantic Council.
Washington wanted the Maduro government take steps to lift public office bans on opposition candidates as well as begin work to release political prisoners and “wrongfully…
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