Venezuela to permit EU ambassador to stay in Caracas

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Venezuela will enable the European Union’s ambassador to stay in Caracas, the overseas ministry stated on Thursday.

“Cooperation between both parties can facilitate the path of political dialogue”, the ministry stated, including that Venezuela’s overseas minister Jorge Arreaza and his EU counterpart Josep Borrell had spoken in regards to the problem over the cellphone.

The announcement comes after president Nicolas Maduro on Monday expelled the EU envoy, hours after the bloc introduced sanctions towards 11 Venezuelan officers loyal to the president.

The EU subjected the officers to monetary sanctions, citing their actions towards the democratic functioning of Venezuela’s National Assembly.

Among the sanctioned officers is legislator Luis Parra, who was declared head of the meeting throughout a chaotic session on January 5 after troops blocked opposition chief Juan Guaido from getting into the chamber.