US envoy meets Maduro officials in Venezuela

The top US envoy in Venezuela has been meeting officials of President Nicolas Maduro's government to try to ease heightened tensions, despite the two countries having cut ties, according to officials in Caracas.

Foreign minister Jorge Arreaza appeared on state TV holding up photos of US charge d'affaires James Story and a senior Venezuelan government official as proof. Mr Arreaza said Mr Story met Venezuelan government officials over four consecutive days last week, including Wednesday, the day Mr Guaido declared himself interim president, sparking violent clashes between demonstrators and the National Guard.

The communications aim at creating an open dialogue between the US and Mr. Maduro's government, Mr Arreaza said.

Source: VOV5