MIAMI (AP) – Six American oil executives who were jailed in Venezuela more than three years ago for corruption were allowed to house arrest on Friday in a goodwill gesture to the administration. Biden while reviewing the policy To a country in South America that is in political turmoil
The partial launch of Citgo’s six employees in Houston was confirmed to The Associated Press by a family member of the man.
Tomeu Vadell, Jose Luis Zambrano, Alirio Zambrano, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas and Jose Pereira were dragged. Masked security guards during a meeting in Caracas before Thanksgiving in 2017, they were lured to Venezuela to attend a meeting at PDVSA’s headquarters, Citgo’s parent company. State giant oil company
The so-called Citgo 6, authorized for one first quarantine – in December 2019 – will be jailed again two months later, the same day President Donald Trump welcomed opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Enter the White House
In a dismissal, Duro could bet he would get better scrutiny from President Joe Biden, who, in the course of the campaign, called Trump’s regime change. “Miserable failure” that serves only to strengthen socialist leaders.
Earlier this week, senior Biden officials from a number of federal agencies were slated to meet to weigh in on U.S. options, including whether to ease the inherited crippling oil sanctions and take action. To support the uncertain attempt at negotiations between Maduro and his opponents. People familiar with the plan
The meeting, which will be attended by Deputy Secretary of State Wendi Sherman, follows Maduro’s moves in recent days to draw Biden’s attention as well as to surrender longstanding U.S. demands to The World Food Program is authorized to operate in countries at a Time of Hunger.
In recent days, Maduro’s allies have quietly discussed the establishment of a new electoral council, a concerted effort to fight the coronavirus, and meet with diplomats from Norway trying to revive the re-election. Talks to end the country’s never-ending political crisis.
However, the continued incarceration of Americans is seen as a formidable hurdle to any outreach.
Juan Gonzalez, senior director of the National Security Council in the Western Hemisphere, told AP in an interview on Friday that in order to gauge the seriousness of Maduro about the negotiations he ultimately wanted. Saw “the concrete steps according to the regime, not the words”
In recent weeks, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has been among those working behind the scenes to pressure Maduro’s government to release all but one of them as dual Venezuelan-United States citizens.
“This is a positive and important step to help maintain their well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak in Venezuela,” Richardson said in a statement.
Richardson, who opened the door for hostile governments in Iran, Cuba and North Korea, won the release of some 40 Americans, vowed to work tirelessly to bring people home.
He also called for the release of Luke Denman and Airan Berry, two ex-Green Berets who attended last year’s failed assault on display from nearby Colombia – and former US Marine Matthew Heath, who were accused. That it is not relevant
All six men were convicted of embezzlement last year over a late and unusual trial. They were sentenced to between 8 and 13 years in prison for a never-run offer to refinance $ 4 billion of Citgo bonds, offering a 50 percent stake in the company as collateral. At that time Maduro accused them of “betraying” all of them innocent supplications.
It also pushed for the release of the man, namely Pope Francis. Vatican Foreign Minister Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a letter addressed to the US ambassador to the Vatican Kalista Gingrich last fall, referring to the Holy See representative’s letter in Caracas reached the Venezuelan authorities for relief.
Parolin is scheduled to travel to Venezuela, where he previously served as a Vatican ambassador, to attend Jose Gregorio Hernandez’s water sprinkling ceremony on Friday. In the 19th century, it was dubbed the “poor doctor”, but the Vatican Number 2 canceled its travel at the last minute, referring to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We hope that Tomeu, our loved one, can fly to America with unconditional freedom. But I am very grateful to Gov. Richardson and his team, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Vatican State Department and other global allies, ”Tomeu Vadell’s family said in a statement.
Gisela Salomon, an AP writer in Miami, contributed to this report.
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