Venezuela govt, mistrustful rivals agree crisis talks

The start of the talks has been fraught with disagreement among the opposition coalition, which voiced suspicion of Maduro even as it confirmed it would attend.

Venezuela govt, mistrustful rivals agree crisis talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Venezuela's government and opposition leaders said they would meet Sunday for Vatican-backed talks in a bid to settle the country's deepening political crisis.

It will be the first open dialogue between the sides in nearly a year of opposition efforts to drive President Nicolas Maduro from power.

His opponents blame him for an economic crisis that has caused food shortages and riots.

The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) agreed to join in talks with feelings of "skepticism and distrust," its leader Jesus Torrealba said late Saturday in a statement.

Maduro's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez also said the talks would go ahead Sunday, in terms reflecting the volatile tone of the crisis.

"A process of dialogue is being established with opposition groups," she said in a speech during the Ibero-American Summit in Cartagena, Colombia on Saturday.

It aims "to contain actions that aim to overthrow the Venezuelan government by unconstitutional and undemocratic means," she said.

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