France says Venezuela talks to take place, warns of sanc­tions

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PARIS, (Reuters) - Venezuela’s govern­ment and op­po­si­tion will hold a round of talks in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic to­day, France’s for­eign min­is­ter said yes­ter­day, warn­ing Caracas’s lead­er­ship that it risked EU sanc­tions if it failed to en­gage in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Venezuela has been con­vulsed by demon­stra­tions against left­ist Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro ac­cused by crit­ics of knock­ing the oil-rich coun­try into its worst-ever eco­nomic cri­sis and bring­ing it to the brink of dic­ta­tor­ship.

“I was happy to learn that di­a­logue with the op­po­si­tion would restart to­mor­row in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a state­ment af­ter meet­ing his Venezue­lan op­po­site num­ber, Jorge Ar­reaza Montser­rat in Paris.

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