US removes relative of Maduro from sanctions list

WASHINGTON, 19 June 2022, (TON): The United States has lifted sanctions against a relative of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, weeks after Washington said “it was taking steps to encourage dialogue between Maduro’s government and the US-backed Venezuelan opposition.”

The US Department of the Treasury confirmed that it had removed Carlos Erik Malpica Flores, Venezuela’s former national treasurer, from a blacklist on which he was placed in 2017 on charges of undermining democracy.

Malpica Flores also formerly held a top position at the national oil company PDVSA and is the nephew of First Lady Cilia Flores.

The move follows a meeting between a delegation of top US officials and Maduro in Caracas in March, seen as an attempt to kick-start negotiations between the government and Venezuela’s opposition politicians.

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