Last week, the Obama administration held a high level meeting with, alleged drug kingpin, Diosdado Cabello in Haiti. Now, Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has said that the meetings could “full;le restore diplomatic relations”.
According to FoxNews Latino:
During a national television address Monday night, he said the two countries were now working “to normalize diplomatic relations on the basis of respect,” with Cabello, the country’s second most powerful official, heading up the effort from Caracas.
The countries have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010. The U.S. nevertheless maintains deep economic ties with Venezuela, particularly in its energy sector. Venezuela was one of the top five suppliers of foreign oil to the U.S., according to a 2013 State Department fact sheet.
The Obama administration sanctioned the Venezuelan government and declared them to be a “threat to national security” as recently as March.