WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States is seeking a “pragmatic relationship” with Venezuela, despite their governments’ differences, the top US diplomat for Latin America said Wednesday.
“We are continuing discussions. Although we have differences, we are trying to have a pragmatic relationship with Venezuela,” said US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson.
The US and Venezuela have not had ambassadors in their respective capitals since 2010, and their relationship deteriorated further after the White House adopted sanctions against some Venezuelan officials in March and said the country was a threat to US security.
But a phone conversation Tuesday between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Venezue-lan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez raised hopes that relations between the countries may begin to improve.
The ministers “discussed issues such as the border situation (between Venezuela and Colombia) and our concern for the humanitarian situation,” Jacobson said Wednesday, speaking to a Latin American Development Bank (CAF) conference in Washington.