Maduro meets with Venezuelan opposition


CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sat down for talks with arch-rival Henrique Capriles on Thursday (Friday in Manila) in a first meeting with opposition leaders to end two months of deadly street protests. Just one year after succeeding his late mentor, iconic leftist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro agreed to an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with the opposition, after the UNASUR group of South American nations offered to mediate. The meeting, which involved about 20 representatives from both sides, was monitored by diplomats from the Vatican and the foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. It was broadcast on national television and radio.


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